The annual two-day Women’s Conference has been held annually at BYU since 1976 and is considered the largest gathering of Latter-day Saint women. But even though the church promotes family and having children as a core belief, it’s been a “long-standing” rule, according to the school’s spokeswoman, that kids and babies are not allowed at the college event, even nursing babies.
"Dads like Stephen Curry, whose firstborn is a girl, end up with more progressive views on gendered policy issues. Becoming a parent is life changing, and when a daughter is part of that transformation, it can cause fathers to shift their perspective and imagine the world through her eyes. So, becoming a dad + having a daughter (first seems to be the most profound) = greater identification with women’s issues."
SJR7 would edit the constitution’s language to replace terms like “husband” and “wife” with “spouse,” and would swap out words like “man,” “him" and “he” with “person,” “the accused" and “himself or herself.” If ultimately approved by voters in 2020, the resolution would make changes to six of the 237 sections in the Utah Constitution.
The numbers this year don't show a big difference between the genders — there are 54 women and 50 men. But a class that’s 52 percent female marks a considerable change at the Provo school that’s owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From 1995 to 2017, that number averaged 36 percent, peaking at 43 percent in 2014.