LAKE CITY — When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
recently reduced the age requirement for missionaries by one year for
men, to 18, and by two years for women, to 19, the number of women
applying to serve jumped five-fold.
At the same time, the church
reaffirmed that women would serve just 18 months, compared with two
years for men. That rule, combined with the one-year difference in age
requirements, touched off a new round of questions from Mormon feminists
about how much progress women in the church are actually making.
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