Mormon Socialization, Women’s Education, and Online Support Groups

In contrast to national trends, women in Mormon-dominated Utah attain college degrees at a much lower rate than men, reporting that they value some college experience but not necessarily graduation. This session presents findings from a study focussing on an online support group (OSG) for Mormon women pursuing a college degree. The OSG provided academic assistance, emotional support, and a sense of community—the women developing a set of cultural norms adapted to their aspirations, mitigating Mormon culture’s impact.

Danielle Briggs Christensen