"Changing Times Bring Changing Conditions" : Relief Society, 1960 to the Present
Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought
In examining the Relief Society prior to and after 1960, many scholars have focused on what Relief Society sisters lost through correlation. Sisters lost their voice (the Relief Society magazine), their autonomy, and power. Some have stated that sisters became marginalized as correlation sought to build up the men in the Church. While Hatch acknowledges these feelings of loss, she strives to point out the benefits that resulted from correlation. The Relief Society Magazine only reached English speaking sisters, but the Liahona can reach sisters around the world in a variety of languages. Prior to correlation, Relief Society lessons were geared towards women in the United States and Canada. They were difficult to translate and not culturally significant to women in other countries. Some may have even been offensive. Scholars lament the loss of women creating their own curricula, but Hatch points out that lessons were revieved and partnerships with priesthood were in place prior to correlation, and general leaders of the Relief Society were part of the ongoing change in the courses of study after correlation was instituted. Leaders of the Relief Society were part of the decision making process that instituted joint lesson manuals for men and women. These new manuals allowed men and women throughout the world to learn together. These changes were made in order to help the Relief Society reach out and be relevant to an international Church.