45 years ago today - Jun 3, 1977

The Relief Society's general presidency sends a letter to "All Regional Representatives in Utah," restating Apostle Ezra Taft Benson's telephoned instructions for each ward bishop to send ten women to the Utah state meeting of the International Women's Year. This packs the Salt lake City meeting with nearly 14,000 women, who have instructions to vote down any proposal which sounds "feminist" or favorable to the Equal Rights Amendment, including equal pay for equal work and protections for women who were raped.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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