This is the first presidential address of the Mormon History Association on the topic of women's history. Only recently have historians acknowledged the historical relevance of women. Heretofore, women have been well-hidden between the lines of written history. Madsen describes the development of Mormon women's history, mirroring the study of women's history generally. Initially, they identified and told the story of the distinguished Mormon women and the major women's institutions. They then enlarged the interpretation of women's experience by focusing on the exclusive woman-centered world. The diaries of Emmeline Wells illustrate well the intensity of this exclusive female-centered sphere. Along with other Mormon women, she strongly objected to the congressional nomination of B. H. Roberts in 1898, but defended his seating when a national campaign was mounted to block his taking office. The primacy of her Mormon beliefs were also evident in the conflict of Mormon and non-Mormon women over the practice of polygamy. It distressed her greatly that women would be arrayed against those of their own sex on this issue. She mentions the value of legal records and diaries for reconstructing Mormon women's experience. For her, studying Mormon women's history has been a fruitful pursuit of self-discovery.