Latter-day Saint Women

    Katherine Kitterman | Better Days for Women: Relief Society and Women’s Suffrage


    Utah Relief Society women were among the first in the United States to receive the right to vote, and Seraph Young, the grand-niece of Brigham Young, was the very first woman to cast a ballot in the United States under a women's equal suffrage law in 1870. In this episode, historian Katherine Kitterman shares highlights of the story of Relief Society and the women’s suffrage movement, discussing how Relief Society participation empowered Utah women to be articulate, effective, and organized as they helped elevate and increase the standard of living for women throughout Utah and the United States.

    This image is provided by the National Woman's Party at Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument

    National Woman's Party Photograph Collection

    Additional Resources:

    2020 Church History Museum Exhibit: Sisters for Suffrage

    February 2020 Church magazine article: "The Beginning of Better Days": How the Relief Society Works to Bless the World

    Video: Latter-day Saint Women and the Right to Vote

    Church History Resources: Suffrage and Relief Society

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