‘WHAT WOMEN KNOW’: WOMEN IN DIALOGUE Julie Beck, general president of the Relief Society, delivered an October 2007 conference address on the topic of women’s roles and sphere of influence, highlighting the phrase ‘Mothers Who Know.’ As President Beck spoke, the Bloggernacle lit up with discussion on her emphasis on mothers as nurturers and the examples she used to express her ideas. The talk evoked both strong feelings and deep contemplation. Using a variation of President Beck’s theme as its title, the website WHATWOMENKNOW.ORG, was developed by a diverse group of women with LDS backgrounds who participated in the contemplation and discussion described above in an effort to expand the conversation about what it means to ‘know’ something. Panel members will share their reasons for participating in creating the response, their interpretation of both positive and negative responses to the conversation in general and the website in particular, and their insights into diversity in the LDS woman’s experience.
DOE DAUGHTREY, JANA BOUCK REMY, PAULA GOODFELLOW, MARY ELLEN ROBERTSON, and LORIE WINDER STROMBERG