BYU Studies, introduction
It is with pride and gratitude that we present this issue of BYU Studies Quarterly—pride in recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution giving women the right to vote and the 150th anniversary of the granting of that right to the women of Utah, and gratitude to the excellent historians, other writers, and artists who have contributed to the issue. McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding have written three books with the title Girls Who Choose God, and Kathleen Peterson, the artist whose work we feature on the cover, has illustrated those books. Katherine Kitterman and Rebekah Clark have spent the past two years working for Better Days 2020, researching and writing about the very topics that we take up in our issue. Carol Madsen has studied Emmeline B. Wells and the Woman’s Exponent throughout her distinguished career and has written not one but two stellar biographies about Emmeline. Sheree Bench and Cherry Silver’s current project is to edit and put online all of Emmeline’s diaries. Melinda Evans is an attorney and graduate of Stanford Law School, where she discovered Belva Lockwood’s courageous defense of the Church against unconstitutional laws regarding both polygamy and women’s suffrage. Jill Derr is the most knowledgeable person in the Church today about Eliza R. Snow and is in the process of writing a biography that will bring together the story of her long, productive life. Connie Lamb, senior librarian in the Harold B. Lee Library, is BYU’s women’s studies librarian and teaches library patrons how to do research. Anne Snyder is the editor in chief of Comment Magazine, the author of the book The Fabric of Character: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Renewing Our Social and Moral Landscape, a senior fellow of the Trinity Forum, and a fellow or board member of several other organizations that promote Christian thought in the development of leadership and social contracts to help unite our fragmented society. Laurel Ulrich, Claudia Bushman, and Richard Bushman need no introduction, having blessed us with monumental studies of early Americans, Mormon women, and Joseph Smith and received so many national awards for their groundbreaking work. Tyler Chadwick has edited two major collections of poetry by Latter-day Saint poets and published his own collection of poetry and essays, and Marilyn Bushman-Carlton has published three fine poetry collections. This gifted and accomplished group of people has made it possible for us to bring together what we think is a significant publication to engage us, to inform us about significant history and the ideas that fueled it, and to lead us to consider how these stories and concepts may enlarge our sense of ourselves and the work we might do for the Lord.
Howe, Susan Elizabeth
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 59:
3, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol59/iss3/3