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Learning from Joseph

In a 1905 editorial, Susa Young Gates praised “the liberality and justice manifested by Joseph Smith toward women and womanhood” in the Nauvoo Relief Society minutes. Though the century since his birth had seen significant social progress for women, she felt members of the Church could still benefit from his example of trust, respect, and support. She urged, “Let young elders and bishops note the breadth and scope given to all women by the teaching of the Prophet.”

Susa Young Gates, “What Joseph Smith Did for the Womanhood of the Church,” Improvement Era, Dec. 1905, 182