90 years ago today - Jan 6, 1934

Leah D. Widtsoe's article "Priesthood and Womanhood" in the Church Section includes the following questions: "5. If a boy of twelve years has this gift [of priesthood ordination] bestowed upon him while his sister has not, does it not tend to make him grow up with a feeling that he is literally a 'lord of creation,' while his sister belongs to 'the common herd?' 6. Does not this discrimination make men more arrogant in their attitude toward women? Do they not necessarily feel themselves the superior and dominant sex?" Perhaps unintentionally, the stridency of her questions outweighs the article's effort to deny or downplay gender discrimination in the LDS church. She is the wife of apostle John A. Widtsoe.

[http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=b7JOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=67UDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5978%2C1071704 The Deseret News , [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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