The Mormon Feminist Paper Dolls are the creations of Sophia Mason and highlight the work of amazing Mormon feminists, past and present, who shake things up and agitate for change. Click on this link to download the printable versions of this edition’s bad asses- Sonia Johnson and Kate Kelly.
Sonia Johnson, born February 27, 1936, is a renowned writer and feminist activist. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and passionate supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), for which she co-founded the organization Mormons for ERA. She was accused of spreading false doctrines and damaging missionary efforts after giving a speech that gained national attention titled “Patriarchal Panic: Sexual Politics in the Mormon Church.” She was excommunicated in 1977 as a result. In later years, she would hold a hunger strike in Illinois to agitate for the state to pass the ERA amendment, run for president (1984), publish feminist literature, and open a hotel for feminist women called Casa Feminista in New Mexico.
Kathleen (Kate) Kelly, born October 29, 1980, is a human rights lawyer and feminist. In 2013, she co-founded Ordain Women to bring together like-minded saints who believe LDS women should be ordained to the male-only priesthood. The OW website launched that same year, and houses a collection of profiles of current and former LDS members with their reasons on why they believe women should be ordained. The organization has held several actions to bring awareness to the cause of women’s ordination, most notably their attempts to attend the all-male priesthood sessions, which are held the same weekend as the church’s bi-annual General Conference. A church disciplinary council was held, which Kate did not attend, and she was excommunicated by the church in June 2014. She told those OW members who retained their membership and were emotionally and mentally able to “raise hell,” and continue to advocate for women to receive the priesthood.