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I Believe in Woman Representing Her Own Sex

Went up late & attended the meeting of the Territorial Central Committee at the City Hall at 12. m. nineteen gentlemen present and only one lady. It does take some courage but as I believe in woman representing her own sex I determined to attend and do my best to understand how things were going and what the prospects were for a fair representation of the People’s Party. (11 June 1887)

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The diaries of Emmeline B. Wells provide a window into the life of one of the most influential Latter-day Saint women in the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the diaries she is both historymaker, as she meets with presidents and works with national suffrage leaders, and historian, as she documents noteworthy events, daily interactions with her family and members of her community, and her adversities and faith. The diaries are a record of her perceptions and philosophies, and they are valuable not only to historians but also to those simply curious about this remarkable woman and the time in which she lived.

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