I am in process on collecting some political information on the end of the Polygamy period of Church history. So after checking out the Woman’s Exponent I was fascinated with the attitudes and defense of Mormonism as expressed by Emiline B. Wells.
Here is her comments:
How mistaken the world are, when they represent Mormon women in bondage to men. There is no greater freedom than the Gospel gives to woman. And it is this that makes Mormon women conscious of their power. They have suffered and become strong; experience has matured them, and given them a higher order of attainment than a mere mental education. Have not the enemies of this people caused suffering enough to women and children? Have not the hardships already endured in times past, the recital of which has often brought tears from the eyes of strangers, given you sufficient evidence that you cannot eradicate from this people the principles for which they have endured so much? Let them alone; if they are wrong, time will eventually show them the error; if they are right how vain are your efforts.
Then this is her conclusion:
You think the Mormons an insignificant body of people; they are mighty in spirit, and their women are united in one grand solid phalanx to help build Zion, to sustain their own institutions, educational and social, and wo be to him who dares lift his hand against Zion.
E. B. Wells
Truly a fascinating woman and writer. I think I will enjoy looking more into the politics of this over the next month or so.