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What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Official Answer

The Apostle Paul taught that “neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 11:11). In the sight of God, and in the marriage relationship, men and women are equally important.

By divine design, fathers are to watch over and teach their families in love and righteousness. They are to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers should help one another as equal partners. (Taken from “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” which was written by twelve modern Apostles through inspiration from the Lord.)

Both parents should be involved in the care and discipline of children. It is important to agree on family goals and be willing to work toward them with their children. If parents are not in harmony and do not have mutual respect, the children may become confused and lose confidence in their parents. Both parents should be unified and intimately involved in the upbringing of their children.

  • We believe that men and women are equal in importance, but different in responsibilities and roles. We are two parts of a whole. Women can bear and raise children, men provide and protect. This may seem old-fashioned, but it works! My husband is the President of a company, and I tell him that he is the President at work, and I am the President of my own little corporation at home. I support him in his challenging job, and he supports me in mine. I do believe that "the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world"! I am caring for, teaching and nurturing children who will go out in the world and fulfill their own great destinies. I feel a huge responsibility to prepare them for what they will face in the future and to make sure that they have the ability/tools to handle whatever challenges life brings them. I have the greatest and most challenging job in the world! Show more

  • Mormon women are a lot like women everywhere! I'm a young, single Mormon woman, who pays her rent and works at a job and wears pants and basically acts like all the other women she knows. If you asked around at my job, probably the biggest thing people would say is that I never swear. When Mormon women are married, they have to work with their husbands to sort out who's in charge of what, what their expectations are of each other, etc., just like anyone else. A lot of Mormon women with kids, especially young kids, don't work full-time outside of the home - but a lot do. Most Mormon men that I know do a lot of the work at home, though the vast majority do hold outside jobs. It's a lot more important that a husband and wife get along and respect each other than that they conform to some specific social construction. There are lots of Mormon single parents, too. The community tries to help them, but in the end, they're obviously responsible for their entire household, whether they're male or female. As far as equality is concerned - that word is often misused. We're all children of our Heavenly Father, with tremendous opportunities and responsibilities. That we're all loved equally well doesn't mean that we're all the same. Husbands don't get to tell their wives what to do or vice-versa, but in the great scheme of things, they are held responsible for different things. Show more

  • I love this question and I love to answer it with a quote by Margaret D. Nadauld, "Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity." This is not to say that Mormon women are perfect, we all make mistakes, however every day we should be striving to become more like Christ. More tender, kind, refined, faithful, good, virtuous and pure. Men and women in the gospel are equal. Men have the privilege and responsibility of holding the priesthood and presiding over the home as the patriarch. However, women have the different yet equal privilege of bearing and nurturing children. The Apostle Paul taught that “neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 11:11). In the sight of God, and in the marriage relationship, men and women are equally important. Show more

  • Mormon women are strong. Mormon women are sure. We are taught from the time that we are tiny that we are daughters of God. Many people question equality between Mormon men and women because we believe in the traditional roles of the family, the classic stay-at-home mom and the working father. It makes me sad that society has degraded the role of a mother and made it seem undesirable and less than an occupation outside the home. We believe in eternal families. We believe that this life is the one time in all eternity that we are sent to be tried and tested. If those beliefs be true than there is nothing more noble and exciting than being a mother. To be chosen to bring life into the world and to steer that life to goodness and love is one of the greatest and most impressive things that can be done. I am proud to be a woman. I am excited to be a mother one day. I am an advocate for education and self-betterment for all. I value the differences of women from men. All of these things I learned to do from my religion. If that's not feminism I don't know what is. Show more

  • All Mormon women are different. Different ages, family situations, interests, talents, cultures, languages... the list goes on and on. Despite their differences, most Mormon women share the same core values and beliefs. The same faith in God, the same goal to improve themselves daily, and the same desire to fulfill their responsibilities the best they can, whether at work, school, or in the home. As for the questions of equality between men and women in the LDS church, that is absolutely something Mormons believe in. However, "equal" does not mean "identical". Men and women have different capabilities and responsibilities, but neither is more important than the other. According to "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" (a short but important document stating my religion's beliefs about the family), fathers are primarily responsible for providing protection and the necessities of life to their families while mothers are primarily responsible for nurturing their children. However, fathers and mothers are equal partners that should help each other fulfill those responsibilities. I know that this structure is God-given. It saddens me to know that many people believe it is degrading or insulting to women to expect them to have their main focus be on home and children. To me, there is nothing more noble than motherhood. I'm so thankful for the ways my religion helps me understand my purpose and reach my divine potential as a woman. Show more

  • Yes! We firmly believe that men and women are equal in the eyes of God and are given separate, but equally important responsibilities here on Earth. Men are given the power of the Priesthood, which allows them to do things for their families and others such as give blessings or baptize individuals. Women are given the sacred responsibility of bringing children into the world and to support their husbands with their responsibilities. Both parents are encouraged to teach gospel principles to their children together and to live in harmony with the Church. This is not to say women are not encouraged to pursue educational endeavors or career opportunities. Each family is different, we are encouraged to pray and make decisions based on what is best for our families. Every Mormon woman is different, but we all have something in common. We are all daughters of our Father in Heaven. Show more

  • Mormon women are not looked upon as less important or essential than Mormon men. It is essential that both men and women are unified in purpose and righteousness to carry forth the Lord's work. Women have the sacred responsibility to nurture their children. This isn't to say that women cannot pursue education or a career. We as Mormon women must simply understand how vital our roles are as mothers and wives. Husbands and wives must work together to provide for each other and the needs of their children. Show more

  • Women have a divine role, as designed by Heavenly Father before we came to earth. We were given the sacred opportunity to be mothers and to work alongside the brethren of the church to serve, uplift, and strengthen others. Women are powerful and strong forces for good in the world. We must be careful, however. The world today often tries to demean the divine role of womanhood by over-sexualizing women or saying that they should be the same as men. Women and men are different for divine purposes. I don't want to be a man. I know that Heavenly Father sent me here to be who I am because I can contribute to this great work in a way that no one else can. I'm grateful to be a woman today. Show more

  • Mormon women are like any other good woman who is trying her best to raise a family in love and trying to leave the world a little better for future generations. Mormons do believe in equality of men and women. We believe husband and wives are to work side by side, not one dominating over another. But equality does not mean being exactly the same. We believe that God gave men and women distinct and different roles/assignments to fulfill. Men are primarily responsible for the physical welfare of their families while women are to nurture and care for their families. Although the roles are different each one is important and critical. Show more

  • I come from a long line of strongwilled and independant women. I grew up in a home where my parents worked together to raise and direct their family. One was not above the other. It is the same in my home. I think that one of the great myths of our time is that equal means the same. 2+3=5 and 4+1=5. Those two equations are equal but not the same. I am not the same as my husband, and he is not the same as me, yet we are equal. There are qualities and attributes that he has that I lack and vice versa. That is why we make such an excellent team. He is primarily responsible for earning money for our family, however I help him manage our business and it's finances. I am primarily responsible for the nurture of our children, however he has been a partner in their care from diapers to drivers licenses. We work together and share the load. I have never felt less than my husband or any man. I have also never felt that to have value I must be measured as a man. I have value because I am a child of God. I have value because I am a woman. I have value because I am me. Show more

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