From the archives: General Conference Infographic in Pink and Blue

This post from 2012 has become topical again due to All Enlisted’s new campaign on the issue. The original comments thread may be viewed here. This is the second in a series of archive posts on the topic [#1].

I really enjoyed working on various reinterpretations the Newsroom’s “Lay Leadership in the LDS Church” infographic. So I decided to try my hand at reinterpreting lds.org’s infographic about General Conference. Here is what I came up with:

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Here is the original: “Mormon Leaders Speak”

I didn’t see any inaccuracies, and the information is clear and presented in a visually pleasing way. Still, something felt missing. The Lay Leadership infographic seemed very, very concerned about accounting for the gender of each participant, showing each as a blue or pink silhouette. But this General Conference infographic doesn’t convey this apparently crucial-to-emphasize information! I thought, what if I were to add a segment to the infographic that would explain what is done in each session–and by whom–all in a clear visual package?

That led to my blue and pink version. I included the same header, so you can imagine mine as a new segment alongside all the existing segments. I filled in the information for each of the 5 sessions mentioned in the top header (Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Priesthood, Sunday morning, and Sunday afternoon).

You’ll notice this doesn’t include the once-annual Relief Society broadcast, nor the once-annual Young Women broadcast, held the weekend before General Conference weekend. We could go back and forth about that issue, but in the end, who am I to question the lds.org infographic’s definition of General Conference as being precisely 5 sessions all in one weekend?

I welcome your comments and reactions.

Comments

  1. Hey, while the internet is busy pushing for a (gasp) woman to pray in General Conference, let’s push for a woman to read the Auditor’s Report while we’re at it.

    It’d be interesting to see this chart reworked to reflect the state, country, or continent of origin of each person. Then throw in a chart to help show if Utah, the USA, or North America is disproportionately represented or not. In reccent years it feels like we’re getting more foreign-accented talks than a decade ago.

  2. Kate, I think you are right the Area Authority 70s are pretty diversified at this point.

    A woman conducting would be pretty cool too.

  3. Duke of Earl Grey says:

    Actually, I would be very interested to know how many women are employed in the church’s auditing department, and if maleness is a requirement to read the auditing report. I’m sure I’m the only one who’s interested, but…

  4. Good question, DoEG. I wonder if given that clerks in wards and branches have to be men, auditors who are employees of the Church also have to be men. I would love to see a womn give the auditing report too, but this seems really unlikely given the pattern of having men pretty much handle all the money and its associated record keeping.

  5. Our ward has a tradition of financial clerks being men (probably due to close alone working conditions with a member of the bishopric/clerk each Sunday), but when my husband was financial clerk he was audited by a woman in the stake who was a CPA.

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