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This table contains the names of all the women who have spoken in the semiannual general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or in special meetings that occurred in conjunction with general conference. For example, Aaronic Priesthood meetings, also called bishop’s conferences, were held from 1921 through 1963 and attended by male ward and stake leaders who oversaw the daily workings of their congregations, including the Aaronic Priesthood and Young Women. Welfare sessions, sometimes called agricultural meetings, began in 1937 and trained male and female stake and ward welfare workers on resources and procedures. Welfare sessions were discontinued in 1982. Other special sessions or meetings discussed missionary work, the Indian Placement Program, and genealogical work. On occasion, women spoke at these meetings.

The table does not include women’s speeches from Relief Society general conferences or women’s meetings, MIA June conferences, Young Women meetings and firesides, Primary conferences, or Sunday School conferences. Women spoke regularly at these auxiliary conferences and meetings, and their words were recorded in the Woman’s Exponent, Relief Society Magazine, Young Woman’s Journal, Improvement Era, Children’s Friend, Ensign, New Era, Liahona, Deseret News, and elsewhere. Auxiliary conferences ended in 1975, replaced by various iterations of a general women’s meeting and by training conducted on a regional and stake level. Beginning in the fall of 2014, the general women’s meeting was recognized as a session of general conference; it is included on this table from that date.

Sources for information in this table include official Conference Reports, the Deseret News, and audiovisual collections of welfare sessions at the Church History Library in Salt Lake City.

Date

Speaker

Session

Oct. 8, 1845

Lucy Mack Smith

general session

Oct. 7, 1879

Zina D. H. Young

priesthood and MIA meeting

Apr. 5, 1908

Rachel H. Leatham

outdoor overflow meeting

Apr. 5, 1908

Martha Mary Langenbucher

outdoor overflow meeting

Apr. 4, 1909

Lillian V. Jones

outdoor overflow meeting

Oct. 5, 1929

Louise Y. Robison

general session

Oct. 5, 1929

Ruth May Fox

general session

Oct. 5, 1929

May Anderson

general session

Apr. 9, 1930

Louise Y. Robison

general session

Apr. 9, 1930

Ruth May Fox

general session

Apr. 9, 1930

May Anderson

general session

Oct. 5, 1930

Louise Y. Robison

general session

Oct. 5, 1930

Ruth May Fox

general session

Oct. 5, 1930

May Anderson

general session

Oct. 2, 1937

May Anderson

Aaronic Priesthood meeting

Oct. 5, 1940

Amy Brown Lyman

welfare meeting

Apr. 5, 1941

Marguerite Burton

welfare meeting

Apr. 5, 1941

Zephyr Doyle

welfare meeting

Apr. 5, 1941

Donna D. Sorensen

welfare meeting

Oct. 4, 1941

Alice M. Graves

welfare meeting

Oct. 4, 1941

Amy Brown Lyman

welfare meeting

Oct. 5, 1945

Verna W. Goddard

Aaronic Priesthood meeting

Apr. 4, 1947

Belle S. Spafford

Aaronic Priesthood meeting

Apr. 6, 1948

Mildred Thompson

Aaronic Priesthood meeting

Apr. 5, 1949

Belle S. Spafford

welfare meeting

Apr. 3, 1959

Theda Farnsworth

missionary meeting

Apr. 7, 1967

Belle S. Spafford

welfare session

Sept. 30, 1967

Carolyn Dunn

welfare session

Sept. 30, 1967

Belle S. Spafford

welfare session

Apr. 6, 1968

Belle S. Spafford

welfare session

Oct. 4, 1968

Virginia Casuse

Indian Placement meeting

Oct. 5, 1968

Belle S. Spafford

welfare session

Apr. 5, 1969

Belle S. Spafford

welfare session

Oct. 4, 1969

Belle S. Spafford

welfare session

Apr. 4, 1970

Belle S. Spafford

welfare session

Oct. 3, 1970

Belle S. Spafford

welfare session

Apr. 3, 1971

Belle S. Spafford

welfare session

Oct. 2, 1971

Belle S. Spafford

welfare session

Apr. 8, 1972

Belle S. Spafford

welfare session

Oct. 7, 1972

Belle S. Spafford

welfare session

Apr. 7, 1973

Belle S. Spafford

welfare session

Oct. 6, 1973

Belle S. Spafford

welfare session

Apr. 6, 1974

Belle S. Spafford

welfare session

Oct. 5, 1974

Belle S. Spafford

welfare session

Apr. 5, 1975

Barbara B. Smith

welfare session

Oct. 4, 1975

Barbara B. Smith

welfare session

Apr. 3, 1976

Barbara B. Smith

welfare session

Oct. 2, 1976

Barbara B. Smith

welfare session

Apr. 2, 1977

Barbara B. Smith

welfare session

Oct. 1, 1977

Barbara B. Smith

welfare session

Apr. 1, 1978

Barbara B. Smith

welfare session

Sept. 30, 1978

Barbara B. Smith

welfare session

Oct. 6, 1979

Barbara B. Smith

welfare session

Apr. 5, 1980

Shirley W. Thomas

welfare session

Oct. 4, 1980

Barbara B. Smith

welfare session

Apr. 4, 1981

Barbara B. Smith

welfare session

Oct. 3, 1981

Barbara B. Smith

welfare session

Oct. 3, 1981

JoAnn Randall

welfare session

Apr. 3, 1982

Barbara B. Smith

welfare session

Oct. 2, 1982

Barbara B. Smith

welfare session

Apr. 7, 1984

Elaine A. Cannon

general session

Apr. 7, 1984

Barbara B. Smith

general session

Apr. 8, 1984

Barbara Ann Winder

general session

Apr. 8, 1984

Ardeth G. Kapp

general session

Apr. 3, 1988

Dwan J. Young

general session

Oct. 2, 1988

Michaelene P. Grassli

general session

Apr. 2, 1989

Joy F. Evans

general session

Oct. 1, 1989

Jayne B. Malan

general session

Apr. 1, 1990

Barbara W. Winder

general session

Apr. 1, 1990

Elaine L. Jack

general session

Oct. 7, 1990

Ruth B. Wright

general session

Apr. 7, 1991

Janette C. Hales

general session

Oct. 6, 1991

Aileen H. Clyde

general session

Apr. 5, 1992

Ardeth G. Kapp

general session

Apr. 5, 1992

Janette C. Hales

general session

Oct. 4, 1992

Betty Jo N. Jepsen

general session

Apr. 4, 1993

Chieko N. Okazaki

general session

Oct. 3, 1993

Virginia H. Pearce

general session

Apr. 2, 1994

Elaine L. Jack

general session

Apr. 3, 1994

Ruth B. Wright

general session

Oct. 1, 1994

Michaelene P. Grassli

general session

Oct. 2, 1994

Patricia P. Pinegar

general session

Apr. 1, 1995

Aileen H. Clyde

general session

Apr. 2, 1995

Bonnie D. Parkin

general session

Sept. 30, 1995

Janette Hales Beckham

general session

Oct. 1, 1995

Anne G. Wirthlin

general session

Apr. 6, 1996

Chieko N. Okazaki

general session

Apr. 7, 1996

Susan L. Warner

general session

Oct. 5, 1996

Virginia H. Pearce

general session

Oct. 6, 1996

Elaine L. Jack

general session

Apr. 5, 1997

Patricia P. Pinegar

general session

Apr. 6, 1997

Elaine L. Jack

general session

Oct. 4, 1997

Mary Ellen Smoot

general session

Oct. 5, 1997

Janette Hales Beckham

general session

Apr. 4, 1998

Anne G. Wirthlin

general session

Apr. 5, 1998

Margaret D. Nadauld

general session

Oct. 3, 1998

Virginia U. Jensen

general session

Oct. 4, 1998

Susan L. Warner

general session

Apr. 3, 1999

Carol B. Thomas

general session

Apr. 4, 1999

Sheri L. Dew

general session

Oct. 2, 1999

Sharon G. Larsen

general session

Oct. 3, 1999

Patricia P. Pinegar

general session

Apr. 1, 2000

Coleen K. Menlove

general session

Apr. 2, 2000

Mary Ellen W. Smoot

general session

Oct. 7, 2000

Margaret D. Nadauld

general session

Oct. 8, 2000

Virginia U. Jensen

general session

Mar. 31, 2001

Sydney S. Reynolds

general session

Apr. 1, 2001

Carol B. Thomas

general session

Oct. 6, 2001

Sheri L. Dew

general session

Oct. 7, 2001

Sharon G. Larsen

general session

Apr. 6, 2002

Mary Ellen W. Smoot

general session

Apr. 7, 2002

Gayle M. Clegg

general session

Apr. 7, 2002

Bonnie D. Parkin

general session

Oct. 5, 2002

Coleen K. Menlove

general session

Oct. 6, 2002

Margaret D. Nadauld

general session

Apr. 5, 2003

Kathleen H. Hughes

general session

Apr. 6, 2003

Susan W. Tanner

general session

Oct. 4, 2003

Anne C. Pingree

general session

Oct. 5, 2003

Sydney S. Reynolds

general session

Apr. 3, 2004

Gayle M. Clegg

general session

Apr. 4, 2004

Julie B. Beck

general session

Oct. 2, 2004

Bonnie D. Parkin

general session

Oct. 3, 2004

Elaine S. Dalton

general session

Apr. 2, 2005

Coleen K. Menlove

general session

Apr. 3, 2005

Kathleen H. Hughes

general session

Oct. 1, 2005

Susan W. Tanner

general session

Oct. 2, 2005

Cheryl C. Lant

general session

Apr. 1, 2006

Julie B. Beck

general session

Apr. 2, 2006

Anne C. Pingree

general session

Sept. 30, 2006

Elaine S. Dalton

general session

Oct. 1, 2006

Margaret S. Lifferth

general session

Mar. 31, 2007

Bonnie D. Parkin

general session

Apr. 1, 2007

Vicki F. Matsumori

general session

Oct. 6, 2007

Mary N. Cook

general session

Oct. 7, 2007

Julie B. Beck

general session

Apr. 5, 2008

Cheryl C. Lant

general session

Apr. 6, 2008

Susan W. Tanner

general session

Oct. 4, 2008

Silvia H. Allred

general session

Oct. 5, 2008

Elaine S. Dalton

general session

Apr. 4, 2009

Margaret S. Lifferth

general session

Apr. 5, 2009

Barbara Thompson

general session

Oct. 3, 2009

Vicki F. Matsumori

general session

Oct. 4, 2009

Ann M. Dibb

general session

Apr. 3, 2010

Julie B. Beck

general session

Apr. 4, 2010

Cheryl C. Lant

general session

Oct. 2, 2010

Rosemary M. Wixom

general session

Oct. 3, 2010

Mary N. Cook

general session

Apr. 2, 2011

Jean A. Stevens

general session

Apr. 3, 2011

Silvia H. Allred

general session

Oct. 1, 2011

Barbara Thompson

general session

Oct. 2, 2011

Elaine S. Dalton

general session

Mar. 31, 2012

Cheryl A. Esplin

general session

Apr. 1, 2012

Julie B. Beck

general session

Oct. 6, 2012

Ann M. Dibb

general session

Oct. 7, 2012

Linda K. Burton

general session

Apr. 6, 2013

Elaine S. Dalton

general session

Apr. 7, 2013

Rosemary M. Wixom

general session

Oct. 5, 2013

Carole M. Stephens

general session

Oct. 6, 2013

Bonnie L. Oscarson

general session

Apr. 5, 2014

Linda S. Reeves

general session

Apr. 6, 2014

Jean A. Stevens

general session

Sept. 27, 2014

Linda K. Burton

general women’s session

Sept. 27, 2014

Jean A. Stevens

general women’s session

Sept. 27, 2014

Neill F. Marriott

general women’s session

Oct. 4, 2014

Cheryl A. Esplin

general session

Oct. 5, 2014

Carol F. McConkie

general session

Mar. 28, 2015

Cheryl A. Esplin

general women’s session

Mar. 28, 2015

Carole M. Stephens

general women’s session

Mar. 28, 2015

Bonnie L. Oscarson

general women’s session

Apr. 4, 2015

Linda K. Burton

general session

Apr. 5, 2015

Rosemary M. Wixom

general session

Sept. 26, 2015

Rosemary M. Wixom

general women’s session

Sept. 26, 2015

Linda S. Reeves

general women’s session

Sept. 26, 2015

Carol F. McConkie

general women’s session

Oct. 3, 2015

Neill F. Marriott

general session

Oct. 4, 2015

Carole M. Stephens

general session

Mar. 26, 2016

Cheryl A. Esplin

general women’s session

Mar. 26, 2016

Neill F. Marriott

general women’s session

Mar. 26, 2016

Linda K. Burton

general women’s session

Apr. 2, 2016

Mary R. Durham

general session

Apr. 3, 2016

Bonnie L. Oscarson

general session

Sept. 24, 2016

Jean B. Bingham

general women’s session

Sept. 24, 2016

Carole M. Stephens

general women’s session

Sept. 24, 2016

Bonnie L. Oscarson

general women’s session

Oct. 1, 2016

Carol F. McConkie

general session

Oct. 2, 2016

Linda S. Reeves

general session