We frequently talk about how different our local ward experiences are from place to place, and even over time. I put together a quick and totally subjective rating system to determine how “feminist-friendly” our wards are on the whole. This is using a 1-5 scale with 1 being hostile to feminists and 5 being welcoming to feminists.
1. Pants! Pants are not in and of themselves significant except that they are officially allowed but culturally frowned on for women.
2. Working Women.
3. The Proclamation on the Family
4. How is it handled when couples are assigned to give talks?
5. Women praying
6. Young Women budgets
7. Youth recognition
8. Female leadership
9. Male leadership
11. Baby blessings.
12. Men’s norms and roles
Did your ward come out on the progressive side (lots of 4s and 5s) or the anti-feminist side (lots of 1s and 2s)? Has your ward changed over time? What caused the changes? How does your current ward compare to other wards you’ve been in?