264: I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar: Jan Tyler

Jan Tyler has been an active campaigner for women’s rights since the early 1970’s.

Her first job was at Weber State University as the Women’s Dean.  It was there that she met the incoming President, Joseph Bishop.  He became so problematic that she eventually hired a lawyer and took out a successful discrimination case against him.

She was later employed by BYU where she went head to head with Dallin Oaks (the then president) over women’s rights.   She took three top Utah State administrators to court over sex discrimination.  And as the head of the coordinating committee for the Utah International Women’s Year convention in 1975, she stood for women’s rights against a 13,000 strong Mormon contingent who were hell-bent on disrupting the proceedings.

Jan went on to champion the cause of women and Mormon women in one of the most patriarchal and conservative states in the USA.

Her story is one of plucky and determined resolve to support women’s rights in the face of institutions, culture and even her own faith tradition.




  1. robert

    To Gina,

    I would like to E-mail you but I never use Facebook or twitter, is there anyway to do so. I am a 60 yr old South African living here in Salt Lake city with my South African wife for 35 yrs, God help my soul, but not because of my wife. I would like to ask some questions and have a interesting tidbit concerning a special Maori rugby player I saw play, at Ellis park when the All Blacks came over in 1970 at the height of Apartheid , when I was 12 yrs of age.

    A reply would be appreciated.
    Rob Kahn.

  2. Jan Tyler

    Gina, Kia Ora!
    Had no idea you are Maori – when we spoke about a year ago, for your podcast. I performed with the Kia Ora Cultural Group for two years, as an undergrad at BYU. Love the People. Loved the Learnings. Loved the Adoption and Naming Ceremony. Honored and deeply Humbled.

    Sorry, I do not do anything but emails. Please email me. You can update me with where you are on your amazing path.

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