Religion: A Savage Misogyny

Mormonism vs. feminism and the ERA

She was the church organist, teacher of a women's class, a devoted wife and the mother of four. Energetic, attractive and dutiful, Sonia Johnson, 43, seemed the very model of a modern Mormon matron. But she was also a militant lobbyist for the Equal Rights Amendment. Last week, apparently as a result, she found herself excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sterling Park, Va. She can still attend services, but can take no active part in the life of the congregation. More important,...

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