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Eliza R. Snow,
Women in Religious Roles » Religion

Noted poet and second general president of the Relief Society. Born in Becket, Massachusetts, Snow converted to Mormonism in 1830 and moved to Kirtland, Ohio. She became the first secretary of the Relief Society and later served as president for twenty years. During her tenure, the Relief Society sent women to medical and nursing schools and started the Deseret Hospital and cooperative stores. Snow also helped organize the Primary and Young Ladies MIA. In addition to her service, Snow composed over 500 poems, including the lyrics of ten hymns in the current LDS hymnbook. She is often referred to as “Zion’s Poetess.”
Camilla Cobb,
Women in Education/Business » Education

Credited for introducing kindergarten to the state of Utah. Born in Dresden, Germany, Cobb joined the LDS Church and immigrated to the United States as a teenager, where she began assisting Karl G. Maeser in setting up schools in Utah. Later, Cobb traveled to New York City where she met Dr. Adolph Douai and became familiar with the principles of kindergarten. Upon her return, Cobb established a kindergarten in Salt Lake City and began writing articles on the topic in the Women’s Exponent. In 1880 Cobb was called to serve as counselor in the Salt Lake Stake Primary. She became president of that organization in 1896 and served for twenty-four years.
Esther Penrose,
Women in Science » Science/Medicine

First LDS woman doctor to receive a degree in medicine. In 1873, Penrose was married and a mother of four children when Brigham Young pled from the pulpit for more women to study medicine. Penrose heeded the call, leaving her family to attend medical school in New York and later Philadelphia. She excelled in school and specialized in ear and eye –- one of the first such specialists in the nation. Penrose returned to Utah four years later, where she practiced medicine for the next thirty-five years.
Joan Woodbury,
Women in the Arts » Dance

Notable dance teacher, choreographer, and co-founder (along with Shirley Ririe) of the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. Over the course of her career, Woodbury has choreographed over ninety-five works for various dance and professional theater companies. She is a retired professor of modern dance from the University of Utah, where she taught for forty-seven years. She was also the first Fulbright Scholar in dance. In addition to over a dozen University of Utah research grants, plus a National Endowment for the Arts choreographic grant, Woodbury has received numerous honors, including the Utah Governor’s Award in the Arts for Arts Education, the Heritage Award from the National Dance Association, and the Salt Lake Mayor’s Award.
Pamela Atkinson,
Women in Public Service » Philanthropy

Pamela Atkinson is a native of England where she grew up in very humble circumstances and was the first in her family to graduate high school. Through hard work she earned a nursing degree followed by a master's degree from the University of Washington where she studied sociology and business. She eventually came to Utah with her three children to work for Intermountain Health Care. Her community service began when she and her children began serving Christmas dinner at the Salvation Army and this eventually led to her ongoing work with the homeless population. She has served on the State Board of Regents and currently serves as the Director for the Coalition Against Pornography.
Image © Bella Ora Studios, courtesy of Pamela Atkinson.
Sarah Ann Daft,
Women in Education/Business » Business

Born in England, Sarah Ann Daft was a pioneer in Salt Lake City, arriving in 1856. Often called brilliant for her intuitive business sense, Sarah was a keen entrepreneur, investor, and real estate developer for over 20 years after her husband Alexander's passing. Well-respected by the business community, she also had a heart for those who were less fortunate. She set aside funds in her will to establish and maintain a home for the "aged, infirm and blind of both sexes." Sarah passed away in 1906, at age 78. The nonprofit Sarah Daft Home opened its doors in 1912, and has operated continuously for over 100 years.
Alberta Henry,
Women in Public Service »

A vivacious and deeply religious woman, Alberta Henry (1920-2005) fervently believed in the notion of community, and became committed to creating a more equitable, culturally diverse society in Utah. Her efforts led to the establishment of the Alberta Henry Education Foundation in 1967. For 12 years, she was president of the Salt Lake branch of the NAACP, and served as chair of the Utah Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1975-79) and the Governor's Black Policy Advisory Council (1974-76). She was a member of the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee of the Utah State Bar, Utah Health Advisory Council, Utah Endowment for the Humanities, and Brookings Institute Wasatch Front. For her efforts as a civic leader, Alberta received numerous awards and tributes, including an honorary degree from the University of Utah in 1971, the first African-American to be so honored.
Anita Bradford,
Women in Education/Business » Education

As an activist and champion for women, Anita Bradford has made significant contributions to the quality of life for women in Utah by fighting for changing medical procedures during child bearing, to founding Better Jobs for Women at Utah Valley University in 1978. This service continues to exist today as Turning Point which provides numerous services to help participants complete education goals, build personal relationships, master communication skills, learn job-seeking strategies, explore career options, and prepare to enter the work force.
Anita Stansfield,
Women of Letters »

Beyond her devotion to family, writing has been Anita Stansfield’s passion for three decades. She has published over 50 novels since her first publication in 1994, as well as a collection of personal essays, most of which are oriented toward Latter-day Saint readers. Also writing under the pseudonym Elizabeth D. Michaels she is currently working on a new series, The Horstberg Saga, with the first three volumes published, and more in the works. She is best known for her keen ability to explore the psychological depths of human nature, in the midst of exquisite dramas. Anita is a former president of the Utah Valley Chapter of the League of Utah Writers. She has also won the Independent LDS Booksellers' Best Fiction Award for her first published book, First Love and Forever. She has also won the League of Utah Writers' Golden Quill award multiple times, as well as Covenant Communications' 1997 special award for Pioneering New Ground in LDS Fiction. In 2007, she won the Lifetime Achievement award from the Whitney Awards program.
Ann Takasaki,
Common Roles/Uncommon Lives »

Elizabeth Ann Inouye Takasaki has given a life of service, starting from her humble beginnings in Gunnison, Utah where she learned from her parents how to work and serve, to her on-going civic and church service throughout her lifetime. Ann has served in various organizations and committees including Intermountain Healthcare Women’s Advisory Board, Community Health Connect Board, American Mother’s Association, and chair of American Medical Association Alliance. Ann also served on the LDS Young Women General Board. She acknowledges her beloved heritage of family, being taught by their strength, sacrifice, and service to others. Her strong work ethic and spirit of generosity is reflected in her conviction that, “No matter what you have, you always have enough to give.”
Anne Leavitt,
Common Roles/Uncommon Lives »

Historian and writer, Anne Leavitt authored Southern Utah University: The First 100 Years, and three Leavitt family histories: From Hingham to Hatley, From Hatley to Home, and Those Who Bade Goodbye. Mother to six sons, including Mike Leavitt former Utah Governor, and grandparent to 38 grandchildren Anne places strong emphasis on family and the wonderful opportunity and blessing of grand parenting. Anne has an extensive history in public service including convener to establish, and later chair, the Utah Endowment for the Humanities, and being part of a task force to investigate drug addiction in Utah. Her church service has blessed the lives of many young women. In 1984, she served with her husband, Dixie, while he presided over the England Leeds Mission.
Barbara Frazier,
Women in Education/Business » Art

In her formative years, a young Barbara kindled imagination and creativity in Spanish Fork, Utah. Because the city limits were still quite rural, she played outdoors and this allowed her to create her own entertainment. She observed her father collect unwanted materials to transform them into reusable objects. This upbringing transpired into her contemporary art work which re-articulates photography into unconventional images. This is cultivated in works such as "Limbic Work" an installation with large negative-like silhouettes interconnected with metal, and a work in-progress based on weather patterns within photographs. As a teacher at Utah Valley University she encourages her pupils to push their conceptions of photography as a medium similar to her former teacher Barbara Wardle.
Barbara Barrington Jones,
Women of Charity » Philanthropy

Barbara Barrington Jones, a woman of vision and passion, has used her personal trials as a catalyst to bless the lives of countless women and children the world over. The value that Barbara places on education and the arts, and her deep desire to bless the lives of others, particularly women and children, is evident through her substantial financial contributions to Utah’s Ballet West, UVU’s Wee Care Center, and The Museum of Natural Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point. A former model, classical ballerina, international motivational speaker, and author Barbara uses her talents and skills to reach out to women and children in various ways, with the principal undertaking to help them to discover and develop their own divine potential.
Beatrice Gray Christensen,
Common Roles/Uncommon Lives »

Beatrice Gray Christensen was a pioneer in the era of electricity. She demonstrated the electric stove for Utah Power and Light and helped care for the crews as they installed power stations across the state.
Camilla Kimball,
Common Roles/Uncommon Lives »

Camilla Kimball (1894-1987) is respectfully remembered as a highly intelligent, independent thinking woman with an eager mind for learning and a passion for life. Wife of LDS Prophet, President Spencer W. Kimball, she served alongside him, and was an influence for good to many. Committed to excellence Sister Kimball viewed living up to your responsibilities as the most direct opportunity for personal growth.
Camilla Kimball image by unknown, © By Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Carine Clark,
Women in Science » Business

Carine Clark is the President and CEO of MaritzCX. She has spent years building successful software companies,as former Pres. and CEO of Allegiance Software, SVP and CMO for Symantec, and an executive at Altiris, and Novell. She has received numerous awards during that time in recognition of her contributions. Her leadership at Altiris helped establish it as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the world. Carine is known for her exceptional ability to quickly recognize and promote best practices that unite and build success. As a mother of two sons, she is devoted to her family and in her spare time plays keyboards in the ManageThis rock-'n-roll band.
Carmen Negron,
Women in Public Service »

Carmen Negron was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico where she earned a bachelor's degree in special education. Her desire to become a social worker and work in a psychiatric hospital led her to BYU Provo to complete her master’s degree in social work. With determination and resilience, and as a single parent, she relocated her young family to follow her educational and professional ambitions. Negron started work at The Gathering Place (a substance abuse treatment facility in Orem, Utah), followed by a transition to Utah State Hospital. Initially she started in the forensic unit then began managing the drug and alcohol program. Negron’s openness and desire to learn from different cultures and different backgrounds, and her own personal family struggles have developed empathy and compassion towards those that suffer from mental illness.
Carol Madsen,
Women of Letters » Education

Carol Madsen is Professor Emeritus of History at Brigham Young University and retired senior research historian in BYU’s Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for LDS History. She is also the former associate director of the Women’s Research Institute at BYU. Professor Madsen is the author of more than 50 articles on Utah and LDS women’s history, co-editor for a collection of women conferences addresses, and author of six books including two biographies of Emmeline B. Wells (the first of which won three best book awards). She was a historical consultant and participant on seven historical productions for PBS and KJZZ-TV, president of the Mormon History Association from 1989-1990, and is co-editing a documentary history of the Relief Society, covering the years 1842 through 1892.
Charn Burton,
Women of Charity »

Charn Burton founded The Heart and Soul Suicide Support Group, 18-months after losing her son to suicide. Driven to raise suicide awareness and prevention, and mental health awareness in the community she serves as a clinical chaplain, pastoral counselor, and sits on the State Board of Directors for National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI).
Deborah Bayle,
Women in Public Service » Business

Deborah Bayle is widely recognized as one of Utah’s most innovative and influential leaders. She currently serves as President and CEO of United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL). Prior to that, she served as CEO for the Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, and Chief Operating Officer for the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Active in community affairs, Deborah serves as a member of the Governor’s Education Excellence Commission, the Founding Council and Executive Committee of Prosperity 2020, the Utah Women and Education Initiative, and the State Council of Workforce Services/State Workforce Investment Board.
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