Advocate for Women : The Poublic Life of Emmeline B. Wells 1870 - 1920

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-01-31
  • Publisher: Univ of Utah Pr
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BYU Studies Mormon Studies Emmeline B. Wells served as a public figure for the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints for fifty years at the end of the nineteenth century. She edited the Woman#x19;s Exponent, represented LDS women in national women#x19;s organizations, defended her religion in the nation#x19;s capitol, and worked to mitigate anti-Mormon sentiments. In 1910, at age eighty-two, she became Relief Society General President. Wells was a leading figure in LDS politics and women#x19;s suffrage, helping to close the gap of misunderstanding between church members and the general public. Soon after her death in 1921, she was honored with a marble bust in the Utah#x19;s capital building, the simple inscription aptly reading only #x1C;A Fine Soul Who Served Us.#x1D; Distributed for BYU Studies.

Author Biography

Cornwall Madsen is professor emeritus of history and former research professor with the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History at Brigham Young University (BYU). She also served as associate director of the Women's Research Institute at BYU.

Professor Madsen has published more than fifty scholarly articles, six of which won awards, on Utah and Mormon women. She has also been a historical consultant and participant in three national and four local PBS historical documentaries.

Madsen is currently writing a biography about the private life of Emmeline B. Wells and preparing Wells's diaries for publication.

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