Since the Mormon Women Project launched at www.mormonwomen.com in January 2010, we have relied on volunteer hours to design the site, produce the interviews, plan events, host social media outlets, and publish additional articles and resources. The work has been tremendous, and tremendously impacting. Consider these statistics:
- The Mormon Women Project has been cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Huffington Post.
- The MWP includes more than 350 interviews with women in 22 countries.
- The site was visited more than 90,000 times over October 2015 general conference weekend alone.
- Our interview with Neon Trees drummer Elaine Bradley has been read almost 40,000 times.
- Our Facebook group includes 8,400 fans, with active presences on Instagram and Twitter as well
- We have hosted events featuring Valerie Hudson Cassler, Camille Fronk Olsen, C Jane Clark, Emma Lou Thayne, Amy Antonelli and others.
- Sister brand Our Cooperative Ministry has featured lesson supplements from Fiona Givens, Julie Smith and other theologians.
Money raised from past events has been used for web hosting fees and for paying transcribers $30/interview to transpose our subjects’ words from audio to text for our interview producers to edit.
However, 6 years into our existence, the Mormon Women Project’s website needs a little TLC. Our look is outdated, and our backend structure is unstable and patched together.
Our goals for this relaunch will be:
- Fold Our Cooperative Ministry into www.mormonwomen.com
- Fold Neylan McBaine’s personal blog into www.mormonwomen.com backend
- Redesign and refresh the site to be more easily navigable
In September 2014, MWP founder Neylan McBaine published a book Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact. She dedicated the proceeds of that book to this redesign project. Although the book’s sales have been strong, the profit of $0.85 per book that she receives as the author has only gotten us part way to funding an entire redesign. Additionally, the Mormon Women Project wishes to retain some of its budget to continue paying transcribers $30/interview, since transcription work is the main hurdle to publishing interviews more frequently.
Please note that if we raise more than the requested amount during this campaign, all funds will continue to go to the maintenance of the project. Our design and development team has already committed to completing this project well under market value.
We deeply appreciate your commitment to the Mormon Women Project and for making it possible for us to speak to and about our global sisterhood.