Title

Elaine Anderson Cannon, Young Women General President: Innovations, Inspiration, and Implementations

Keywords

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Conferences, Men, Feminism, Mormon history, Equal rights amendments, Gender equality, Mothers

Abstract

IN THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, leadership comes from the lay membership. As individuals are called to lead auxiliaries, their unique personalities and skills, along with their response to the issues of their day make indelible fingerprints upon Church organizations. Often the individual’s education, personality, and attributes have a great influence in the development of programs; each of the thirteen women who have served as the president of the Young Women’s organization under its various names has made unique contributions to the Church.1** Perhaps among the most significant of these leaders is Elaine Anderson Cannon—the eighth president of the Young Women organization (1978–84). Cannon’s influence is still evident in the Church and in the individual lives of young women who participated under her leadership.

Original Publication Citation

Woodger, Mary Jane, “Elaine Anderson Cannon, Young Women President: Innovations, Inspiration and Implementations,” no. 4. Fall 2014, vol. 40 Journal of Mormon History, 171-207.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

Journal of Mormon History

Language

english

College

Religious Education

Department

Church History and Doctrine

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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