I find it interesting that the most strident anti-feminists in the LDS Church are, in my experience, women — but this was not always so. A survey of even the broadest and most available literature makes this abundantly clear.
While the Church was disenfranchised and impoverished under the Edmunds-Tucker Act, mormon women were at the forefront of the suffrage movement and played a major role in advancing equal rights for men and women. The Utah Woman Suffrage Association, founded by Emily Richards (plural wife of Franklin D.), coordinated with the Relief Society to establish local women’s rights associations throughout Utah, using the Exponent as a major publishing platform.  The melding of everyday worship and zeal for equal rights is apparent in a contemporary suffrage song, sung to the tune of ‘Hope of Israel':
Freedom’s daughter, rouse from slumber;
See, the curtains are withdrawn,
Which so long thy mind hath shrouded,
Lo! thy day begins to dawn.
Woman, ‘rise! thy penance o’er,
Sit thou in the dust no more;
Seize the scepter, hold the van,
Equal with thy brother, man. 
Despite external and internal opposition (via B.H. Roberts and others), the work of Emmeline Wells, Jane and Emily Richards, Zina Young, Margaret Caine and others bore fruit at the Utah constitutional convention in 1895, with these simple sentences:
The rights of citizens of the State of Utah to vote and hold office shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex. Both male and female citizens of this state shall enjoy equally all civil, political and religious rights and privileges.
Arguably, statehood marked the apex of a golden age for women in the Church. Women occupied positions of social and ecclesiastical power that have not since been replicated, and enjoyed pre-eminence in the arts and sciences. Within a few decades of the passage of the Utah Constitution, the Woman’s Exponent would cease publication, the Relief Society’s role as an independent body would be dramatically reduced, and the Church would return to its quasi-Victorian roots.
 “Women’s Suffrage,” entry in Utah History Encyclopedia (citing Elizabeth Cady Stanton, et al, eds., History of Woman Suffrage).
 Reprinted in The Mormon Experience, Arrington & Bitton, p. 229.
 Constitution of the State of Utah, Article IV, Section 1.