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Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon #SendMartha

By Jennie LaFortune

Representation. Voice. Choice. Achievement. Potential. Expansion. Vision. These words have been reverberating in my mind and in our cultural and spiritual conversations lately. One public discussion currently going on at Utah’s Capitol Hill centers around Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon, the first female state senator elected in the nation. She lived a textured, full life – …

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leaning out, leaning in, leaning on each other

By Kat Sturman

I was pregnant with my first child and in graduate school when I read Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique. As I listened to my classmates, mostly older mothers, talk at length about the sense of malaise they’d felt when their kids were young, I thought it would never happen to me. I would never fall prey to “the problem that has no name.” I was educated. I had chosen to become a mother, so certainly I would not be one of those women who ferried cub scouts all day and lay in bed at night wondering, “‘Is this all?'”

Fifteen years later, it’s my preoccupying worry.

A few years ago, I won a writing contest, and got a check for $50 in the mail. I didn’t want to cash it; I wanted to frame it. It’s the only time I’ve ever made money for my writing. It was both incredibly gratifying to be paid and a little bit depressing to see that the sum total of years of my work is less than my husband could make in an hour.  Marriage isn’t a competition– I know that. But it still rankles.

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