Saturday, October 07, 2006

Brigham Young quote on working women

"As I have often told my sisters in the Female Relief societies, we have
sisters here who, if they had the privilege of studying, would make just as
good mathematicians or accountants as any man; and we think they ought to
have the privilege to study these branches of knowledge that they may
develop the powers with which they are endowed. We believe that women are
useful, not only to sweep houses, wash dishes, make beds, and raise babies,
but that they should stand behind the counter, study law or physic, or
become good book-keepers and be able to do the business in any counting
house, and all this to enlarge their sphere of usefulness for the benefit of
society at large. In following these things they but answer the design of
their creation. These, and many more things of equal utility are
incorporated in our religion, and we believe in and try to practice them."

(Discourse by President Brigham Young, "Obeying the
Gospel-Recreation-Individual Development", Delivered in the New Tabernacle,
Salt Lake City, July 18, 1869 (Reported by David W. Evans.) Journal of
Discourses, 26 vols. [London: Latter-day Saints' Book Depot, 1854-1886],

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