Amy Hoyt, "Agency and American LDS Women"
This paper draws upon an ethnography of a contemporary American LDS community and the work of Saba Mahmood to reconceptualize the feminist theoretical category of agency. Within the academic, feminist literature on traditional religious women, there has been a tendency to understand agency strictly in terms of actions that subvert religious tradition. This tendency overshadows the wider reality, mainly that agency constitutes a range of behaviors, including those that support religion. The LDS women that participated in this ethnography used agency to support and resist their religious norms, sometimes simultaneously.
Deidre Green, "Naming the Self, World and God: Women and Narrative"
Several feminist scholars encourage women to tell the stories of their lives in their own words, claiming narrative as an exercise that both reveals and expands one’s agency, while offering the potential to build cohesive community. As agency and sisterhood are fundamental principles of Latter-day Saint doctrine, women’s narratives offer an important point of convergence between feminist thought and LDS theology.
Caroline Kline "Competing Demands and Divided Loyalties: Self and Other in a Mormon Context"
Feminist theologians and ethicists have long noted a tendency among women to self-sacrifice for their families. This paper analyzes anecdotes from The Mormon Women’s Oral History Project, exploring themes of self-sacrifice, self-understanding, and choices that create meaning in their lives, as women navigate between their own personal needs and the needs of those around them.
Elisa Pulido "I Hope They Call Me On a Mission: Mormon Women and the Great Expectation"
Like the mothers who raised the Book of Mormon’s stripling warriors, Mormon mothers feel a heavy responsibility to rear children, and especially sons, who do not doubt, who are strictly obedient, and who will bravely represent the interests of the Church across the globe. Mormon women often measure the success of their families and their own success as parents by their children’s participation in the spiritual rite of passage known as a full-time mission. This paper analyzes the narratives of women who participated in the Claremont Mormon Women’s Oral History Project with regards to the missionary service rendered or not rendered by their children.