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“A Power in the Earth”

Martha Horne Tingey, a counselor in the Young Women general presidency (and later Young Women general president), spoke at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. Like many other Latter-day Saint women of her generation, Martha advocated for women’s rights. On that occasion, she said: “Woman herself is beginning to feel that she is an intelligent, responsible being, with a mind capable of the highest intelligence, with talents that it is her duty to develop and use for the advancement and elevation of the human family. This feeling is gradually but steadily growing; it is being felt throughout the world, and it will continue to grow until it becomes a power in the earth.”
“Address of Mrs. Mattie Horne Tingey,” Young Woman’s Journal, Sept. 1893, 549