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Mormon Feminists And The Equal Rights Amendment

Renee Bright

The E.R.A was gaining momentum in the U.S. during an era in which the LDS Church was determined to achieve mainstream acceptance in American life. As conservative political and religious groups withdrew support from the E.R.A., aligning the LDS Church against the Equal Rights Amendment seemed like the move to make.

Enter the Mormon feminists who gave everything they had to persuade the Church to choose otherwise, risking censure and even excommunication.

This Friday at noon, we’re recounting the history of the E.R.A and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


  • Joanna Brooks: Professor of English and Comparative Studies at San Diego State University and author of Mormonism and White Supremacy: American Religion and the Problem of Racial Innocence. [Amazon|Bookshop]  @_joannabrooks
  • Sonia Johnson: feminist activist and writer, author of the books From Housewife to HereticGoing Out of Our Minds: The Metaphysics of Liberation, and others. 
  • Kate Kelly: feminist activist and human rights lawyer, E.R.A proponent, author of the book Ordinary Equality: The Fearless Women and Queer People Who Shaped the U.S. Constitution and the Equal Rights Amendment. [Amazon|Bookshop|Indiebound] @Kate_Kelly_Esq
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