Neylan McBaine grew up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) in New York City and then attended Yale University. She currently lives with her husband and three young daughters. Her personal blog can be found at NeylanMcBaine.com.
As a writer, Neylan has been published in Newsweek, Meridian Magazine, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Segullah, Patheos.com, BustedHalo.com, the Washington Post’s On Faith religion blog, among others. Neylan’s work on women and Mormonism includes a FairMormon talk from 2012 that was widely distributed, and a roundtable podcast with leaders of key women’s organizations within Mormonism.
In January 2010, Neylan launched the Mormon Women Project, a digital library of interviews with LDS women from around the world, in an effort to emphasize the many ways that modern faithful women choose the right. Because of the strong examples of Mormon women she grew up with, including her own mother who was a professional opera singer, and because of her personal connection with many women who struggle to find their place within LDS culture, Neylan felt it was important to challenge the cultural stereotype with portraits of all kinds of righteous women. The site, which posts one interview a week with the help of dozens of volunteers, includes over 200 interviews with LDS women from 22 countries.
Neylan is also the author of a collection of personal essays, How To Be A Twenty-First Century Pioneer Woman (2008) , and the editor of Sisters Abroad: Interviews from the Mormon Women Project (Patheos Press, 2013), with an introduction by former Relief Society general presidency member Silvia Allred.
Neylan is also the CEO of Better Days, an organization dedicated to celebrating Utah’s women’s history by popularizing the past in creative and communal ways. Through the Seneca Council, she works with companies in Utah and beyond to maximize the recruitment and retention of women in their workforces.
Neylan’s Key Writings and Media Appearances
To Do the Business of the Church | FairMormon 2012
Women At Church | Radio West KUER | June 2014
A Moderate Mormon’s Manifesto | Feminist Mormon Housewives