With over seven million members in nearly 200 nations, the Relief Society continues to be a force for good.
In their History of Woman Suffrage, published in 1887, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formally acknowledged the role of the Relief Society in the suffrage movement, stating, “Women in Utah always have been conspicuous in organized work.”13
Even after the Nineteenth Amendment passed, Latter-day Saint women remained active in national organizations. The Relief Society had a close relationship with the National and International Councils of Women until 1987, when the Relief Society General Presidency shifted focus to the increasing needs of its own internationally expanding organization.
With over seven million members in nearly 200 nations, the Relief Society continues to be a force for good. In 2017 Relief Society General President Jean B. Bingham spoke on the world stage at a United Nations panel, echoing sentiments from her Relief Society predecessors: “While individually we can do great good, collectively we can accomplish so much more.”14
Whether by voting or volunteering, Relief Society sisters today carry on the legacy of positive action in homes, communities, and countries throughout the world.