Martha “Mattie” Horne Tingey (1857-1938)

Happy Women’s History Month!

Meet Mattie Horne Tingey (1857-1938)

Mattie, a great leader in her church and local community, believed that women were to stand shoulder to shoulder with man, using their intellects to bless those around them.

As a child she loved learning and eavesdropping on adult conversations 🙂 She was a writer and editor, attended university, was a member of the Wasatch Literary Association, a typesetter at Deseret News (where she met her husband), and member and secretary to the world-famous Tabernacle Choir.

She held many leadership positions within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and in 1893, spoke at the World’s Congress of Representative Women, whose purpose was to bring together all organizations of women, and to answer “the Woman Question” (voting rights!)

It was very hard to pick out just one quote from Mattie’s speech because it is remarkable. You read the whole thing here.

Here are a few gems:

“…I say parents because while we hear a great deal about our Heavenly Father, and very little…about our Heavenly Mother, reason and revelation both teach us that we must also have a Mother there. This is true, pure motherhood – to give temporal bodies to heavenly spirits that the spiritual and temporal may be united and continue on in the work of perfection….a man can never reach such a height of perfection, such a pinnacle of greatness that he can deny that he owes the possibility of his success to a woman – his mother.”

And this:

“Oh, if mothers would thoroughly understand, fully appreciate, and wisely use their God-given power, there would be no greater truism than the old adage, “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”

One more:

“Let woman prepare herself to stand side by side, shoulder to shoulder with her husband in all the affairs of life, to be a wise counselor and helpmeet unto him, as her Creator designed she should be; let mothers impress upon their children the principles of justice and equal rights, and the women of the next generation will not have to beg and plead for what rightfully belongs to them.”

Stay tuned for more amazing women from the past…!

Source: At the Pulpit, Reeder and Holbrook


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