Women of Faith in the Latter Days

At the recent Mormon History Association annual conference, Rick Turley, Assistant Church Historian, announced a multi-year, multi-volume project focused on Mormon women. He announced this at the Women’s History breakfast and everyone was thrilled. Turley and his co-editor, Brittany Chapman (LDS Church History Library and editor of the forthcoming Ruth May Fox diaries), have committed themselves to realizing this publication effort in an expeditious manner. Here is the thing: they need some help.

They have just launched a new website with all the information that you might need to get started. Check out each of the five main pages as they are quite useful. The volumes will be comprised of short chapters: one page biographical introduction and then 9 pages of interesting, poignant, or thought provoking life experience. Volume 1 is to be about women born in or before 1820.

This is a great opportunity for many people to engage in writing history, who haven’t previously had the opportunity. The length is manageable, and as life writings are to be an emphasis, there is a lot work with. I encourage everyone to take a look at the Volume 1 page of the website, pick a women that looks potentially interesting and then skim through her life writings or biographical material. After this, submit a proposal. It is that easy.

Of course scholarly standards are important, and I understand they will be upheld. Most people around here have the capacity to participate in this project; there really isn’t much excuse.

I’ve spent the last five years in the lives of many of our early sisters. They deserve a voice today. They have power.

Spread the word.


  1. Awesome! Brittany is in my ward. This will be a very interesting study. The Ruth May Fox diaries are really interesting. It is really fun to talk to Brittany about them.

  2. I haven’t been able to get into the website despite a number of tries. Is it me, or it?

  3. Kevin Barney says:

    Ardis, I just now was able to get in no problem.
    I see that Eliza R. Snow is still available if someone wants to grab her.

  4. The connection keeps timing out for me, whether I’m on my laptop or on the library computer.

  5. Kevin Barney says:

    Here’s the bare link, in case that helps:


  6. It is working properly for me as well.

  7. Very inspiring- I’m so glad this is being done. Thanks for the post J.

  8. I still can’t get in. /pout/ Still timing out regardless of which link I click or whether I type the address manually. I’ll try again from home later.

  9. Mark Brown says:

    The link works fine for me, too.

    I just want to point out how hilariously funny it is that the church filtering software in the history archives where Ardis is working appears to have some doubts about Br. Turley’s project when he is the assistant church historian.

    Funny for everybody but Ardis, I guess.

  10. Sounds like a great idea. I need to talk to my wife, as she has ancestors in the church from Nauvoo, some names not on this list. Could be a great joint project for us.

  11. Fabulous. Thanks for publicizing this.

  12. Right on, kevin.

  13. britt k says:


  14. I was able to call up the website instantly at home. It really does appear to be some conflict between the church’s server and the one at this website.