I recognize that not all my readers are Mormon; however, I wanted to share this great news because there is not a lot of info for Mormon career women out there on the internet--believe me, I've looked. Also, being a Utah resident, I happen to know some interesting facts about pay disparity and education disparity in this state, and since so many Utah residents are Mormon, I think this is a great way for women with careers (now and in the future) to find each other.
I know there are plenty of Mormon women in leadership positions. But I also know that there is a heavy cultural emphasis on motherhood, so women who are ambitious about their career goals might feel rather outnumbered in their places of worship. The internet is a powerful tool for connecting people.
Almost two years ago, I attended a conference at BYU for Women in Business. For me, it was so exciting to meet women from all over the country and to hear what other women of my religious persuasion were doing in the working world. I met some amazing, awe-inspiring people who showed me that church, family, and work could all be done.
That's the gap that I think this site will help fill. We've heard for years about the benefits of mentorship for women, especially if they are blazing new trails or working in male-dominated fields. The religious layer adds another dimension, because I think that for many Mormon women (OK, me), we need to see how other people deal with the time that our faith demands and the cultural expectations that form not just our environment, but our thinking and our way of life.
I love that women are taking the initiative to create a community within a community. I hope that women everywhere, Mormon or not, can do the same. Not that women need to exclude men, but that they can have a safe place to air the frustrations and needs that are unique to our gender. I'd love to see support groups for women in places of employment, places of worship, alumni groups, community groups, parenting groups, and more.
Women may have individual goals, but they still need each other.