Sharon Eubank, the director of Humanitarian Services and LDS Charities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, received a standing ovation on 8 August during a speech titled “This Is a Woman’s Church” during the 2014 FairMormon Conference in Provo, Utah. Eubank’s remarks addressed recent press reports that allege “the Church is sort of oppressive, or that it’s stodgily conservative, or that it might somehow be a toxic environment for women to participate in.”
“My experience in the Church as a woman has been incredibly empowering,” she said. Eubank, a former member of the Relief Society general board, was not speaking on behalf of the Church.
“What you are hungry for, what you want most, is in this Church,” she emphasized to women. “The doctrine and the practice of the Church, for me as a woman, [have] given me things that I care more deeply about than anything else in my life.”
The Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research, Inc., or FAIR, was founded in 1997 as a nonprofit organization by a group of Latter-day Saint apologetics. The name was changed to FairMormon last year.