Episode 6: Lisa Interviews FMH Blogger Elisothel

Join fmhLisa as she interviews Liz Hammond (Elisothel) who blogs at FeministMormonHousewives.org about her life and her feminist awakening!

You can read Liz’s posts here.

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  1. I enjoyed this podcast and wish I had found liberal Mormon friends likes you. You did not say to what country you would be moving overseas.

    Concerning money, if you really feel it is a power imbalance, why not set up a private bank account in which your husband deposits money regularly for the job you do as stay at home mother? My husband and I have a joint account in which we get both our salaries and two separate accounts linked to this. This enables us to maintain independence while sharing resources.

    • I am not Heather, but the story that I would like to read is the one about the dream she had about women shopping around for husbands. I haven’t looked, but I’m assuming it’s linked above. (I am new to fMh and have listened to all the podcasts but haven’t read much.)

      I loved this interview. I related so much to your story of how you felt at BYU. Since leaving BYU, I took about 15 years of hanging on in the church, even though there was no part of it that made me happy anymore. I wonder if I had been in a ward like yours in Boston if I would have been more interested in staying. (now, going to church makes me break out in hives, so I doubt the ward would matter at at.)

      As for your discussion about what you are going to tell your daughters…. I was taught all along that I should do the typical mormon thing and be a stay-at-home-mom. But I chose a different path, and part of it was chosen despite what I really wanted, life is funny like that. Just as you were taught to be a working woman and chose the path that you chose, they will make the decisions that make the most sense for them. We can only teach correct principles… :) Thanks for sharing your story!

    • Hi, Liz. After watching a special about mormonism (precipitated by Romney’s presidential run), I decided to see what had happened to one of my childhood friends who also happens to be a Mormon convert. After stumbling upon your podcast, I am not surprised that you categorize yourself as a feminist – you were always strong-willed and very capable. I appreciated your candor and humility, and since I am listening to this on maternity leave, I also marveled at your strength during child birth. Good luck in your quest.

  2. Oh, I loved this so much. Thank you for telling your story, and Lisa for facilitating it. In terms of your conclusion: I thought it was wonderful to end with your very hopeful thoughts about the future of women and the workforce. This is one thing that gets me very depressed. My husband and I are newlyweds with no kids yet, and we both work. I feel so torn about having kids, being unable to work, relying on my husband’s income. It gives me hope to hear that others have hope for things to change. My husband just started with a law firm, and even though he has the best of intentions in terms of being present as a father and co-parenting and all that, I feel like the law profession will have to change a great deal, or he’ll have to find work with a very progressive firm, with flexible schedules and the possibility of advancement for part-time workers, in order to realize the ideals we have for how to raise a family. I remember reading your post about your first labor experience–I wish I could hear more stories like this! Mostly I am terrified of pregnancy and labor. So–I appreciate all your positivity. It kind of made my day.

  3. I loved listening to this to hear more about you, Elisothel. (Should I call you that here, or is Liz better?) Particularly your childbirth-in-the-car story, wow! I had read it on the blog when you told it there, but for some reason hearing it in your own voice was more powerful to me. Totally made me cry!

  4. I really loved Joanna Brook’s artcile where she likens a man’s testimony to his penis. No wonder people in the church are afraid when someone loses their testimony!(It’s great really, the entire essay)Fabulous and well-done, fMh! I loved the pass-along cards as well. I may have to circulate those in RS one of these days.

  5. Liz, this was marvelous.

    I love your stories of how you felt about pioneers vs. Native Americans, and how you had to be taught by the sister missionaries way back before you were even “a feminist.” You have a very wise, contrarian spirit.

    You bring so much to this movement and to all of us. Thanks.

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