Neylan McBaine’s book “Women at Church” started a lot of conversations and challenged many of our assumptions around how women can participate and lead in their wards and stakes. Seven years later, we thought it might be interesting to explore with Neylan how far we have come and where that future might lead.
Neylan founded Better Days 2020, and has become a leader in speaking and writing about women’s leadership and the U.S. suffrage movement, with a specific focus on Utah and the West’s early role in that movement. Neylan previously founded the LDS Women Project, a wonderful digital library in which hundreds of Latter-day Saint women from around the world share their experiences of life in the Church.
In 2020, Neylan was named “Extraordinary Woman” of the year by the YWCA of Utah. Her book “Pioneering the Vote: The Untold Story of Suffragists in Utah and the West” won the Freedoms Foundation National Award.
Neylan grew up in New York, is a graduate of Yale University, mother to three daughters, and lives in Salt Lake City. She shared much of her personal story in a previous Faith Matters conversation with Terryl Givens in 2019. You can view that here.