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The “New Woman” and the Woman’s Exponent

TitleThe “New Woman” and the Woman’s Exponent
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsMadsen, Carol Cornwall
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
KeywordsLatter-day Saint History (1847-1893); Latter-day Saint History (1893-1955); Plural Marriage; Polygamy; Relief Society; Suffrage Movement

The Woman’s Exponent emerged in 1872 to speak for Mormon women, who were often the target of antipolygamy diatribes. Several factors contributed to the birth of this semimonthly journal for LDS women. Prior to the June publication of the Woman’s Exponent’s first issue, the newly founded Salt Lake Herald (whose editor, Edward L. Sloan, had originated the idea of a woman’s paper) announced that “the women of Utah are today unquestionably more the subject of comment than those of any other portion of the country, or indeed of the world. As they have long exercised the right to think and act for themselves, so they claim the right to speak for themselves through the potent medium of the types.”