On the World Stage
The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World’s Fair, provided Latter-day Saints with an opportunity to share their stories and talents with the world. Held in conjunction with the World’s Fair was a week-long convention called the World’s Congress of Representative Women. Several Latter-day Saint women participated in the convention.
Emily Sophia Tanner Richards (1850–1929) represented Utah at national and international women’s meetings. When Susan B. Anthony visited Utah in 1895, Emily and her husband, Franklin, hosted a reception for her at their Salt Lake City home. At the Chicago World’s Fair, Emily was the hostess in charge at the Utah building. She also spoke at the World’s Congress of Representative Women.
Anstis Elmina Shepard Taylor (1830–1904) was the first General President of what is today the Young Women organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1893 she attended the World’s Congress of Representative Women, held in concurrence with the World’s Fair in Chicago.