Earrings – made by me | Cheong sam shirt – thrifted | Black pants – Kohl’s (?) | Feather bracelet – Francesca’s | Shoes – thrifted
December 16th marked a special day for Mormon feminists around the world. Today was Wear Pants to Church Day where women wore pants and men wore purple to show how women of our faith desire greater gender equality. While there are many women that have never felt unequal as a woman, this doesn’t negate the experiences of those of us who do.
Women traditionally wear skirts and dresses to church and while there is nowhere in any official church manual that precludes women from wearing pants, people were up in arms about women wearing pants to church. They felt like it was a political protest and that church was not the place for it.
C. Jane Kendrick said it beautifully: “It’s not a protest, it’s an outreach.” Today I wore pants in solidarity to stand with women who feel alone, out of place, and misunderstood. Today was an opportunity for us to bear one another’s burdens, to mourn with those that mourn, that comfort those that stand in need of comfort.
While I was the only woman who wore pants to church today in my ward, I didn’t feel alone — I could feel the sisterhood. Today I was part of something bigger. And I haven’t felt that excited to go to church in a long time.
And yay for my husband who wore purple (a color associated with women’s suffrage) to church today as well!
Did you wear pants to church today? I want to hear all about it!