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From Housewife to Heretic: One Woman’s Struggle for Equal Rights and Her Excommunication from the Mormon Church

From Housewife to Heretic: One Woman’s Struggle for Equal Rights and Her Excommunication from the Mormon ChurchSonia JohnsonWildfire Books1989

In From Housewife to Heretic Sonia Johnson recounts how she was excommunicated from her church because of her support of the Equal Rights Amendment.

I am glad to be a woman and have never wished to be a man, but I would certainly like some of the benefits that men enjoy. I would like my work in the home—which society so hypocritically tells me is all-important and then never compensates me for—to be considered of some economic value when my husband dies or leaves me, or when I am old and need social security. When I work outside the home, I would like to make as much money as men make for doing the same work or work of equal value. And I cannot imagine anything more rewarding than to have people presume before I even open my moth that what I am about to say has some value, and when I do say it, to presume that I know what I’m talking about, as people presume about men. For women to be taken seriously would be novel indeed. I would like to help make that a reality

Sonia Johnson in From Housewife to Heretic / pp. 365-366

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Play’s the Thing
Chapter 2: The Man Who Didn’t Rock Ferris-wheel Seats
Chapter 3: Blood Ties
Chapter 4: The Bursting of the File
Chapter 5: Uppity Before the Senate Subcommittee
Chapter 6: Astronauts for a Flat Earth
Chapter 7: The Plot Thickens
Chapter 8: Writing Him Off
Chapter 9: Bishops and Other Sexism
Chapter 10: “It’s Four O’clock and I’m Still a Member of the Church!”
Chapter 11: Interlude
Chapter 12: Trial in a “Court of Love”
Chapter 13: My Last Days as a Mormon
Chapter 14: “Dear Sonia,…”
Chapter 15: Invincible Summer
Chapter 16: All on Fire