In a small but significant step towards more inclusiveness, the Mormon church has appointed women to three high-level church councils. While all three women were already at the head of important organizations within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it’s the first time the church has allowed them to join the committees, which make important policy decisions for its 15 million believers worldwide. Nevertheless, priesthood for women in the church still appears elusive. Mary Ellen Robertson, who has campaigned with the “Ordain Women” to give Mormon women priesthood, says she was pleased with the announcement but also expressed caution. “Sometimes it’s a little hard to get enthusiastic for baby steps that Mormon feminists have been advocating for quite some time,” Robertson said. “One is a good first step, but why not have an equal number of men and women on these councils?”
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