Women Employed By The Mormon Church Can Now Take Maternity Leave And Wear Pants

Source: Huffington Post

“The men at the helm of the Mormon corporation are not stuck in the 1970s, they are stuck in the 1870s,” one activist said in response to the changes.

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Employees will now receive paid maternity and parental leave, the church announced Wednesday.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced some big changes on Wednesday.

Church employees will now receive paid maternity and parental leave. Women employed by the Utah-based Christian church, who were previously required to wear skirts and dresses, are now permitted to wear “professional pantsuits or dress slacks,” according to a church memo. Mormon men who work for the church, known for their white shirt and tie uniforms, may now also wear light-colored dress shirts.

“Employees are expected to dress modestly and in a conservative, professional, business-appropriate manner that is consistent with the customs and standards of the country in which they work,” stated an article distributed to church employees on Wednesday.

In an April 2011 article quoted again by several outlets on Wednesday, Elder Quentin L. Cook, one of the church’s senior leaders, wrote: “I would hope that Latter-day Saints would be at the forefront in creating an environment in the workplace that is more receptive and accommodating to both men and women.”

But as several Mormon activists noted, giving parents paid leave and letting women wear pants isn’t exactly what being “at the forefront” looks like.

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