Elect Ladies

Latter-day Saint women’s history is finally coming into its own as a mature, sophisticated field. No longer satisfying are the staples of much of the “first wave” of this history—vignettes about the first Latter-day Saint woman to attend medical school or to be invited to the White House, often written to prove that Latter-day Saint women were “there, too.” As John Hope Franklin remarked to me years ago about Afro-American history, “Black history will finally have come of age when it no longer feels it necessary to chronicle the first black person to have gone ice fishing.”

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 31:1
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