Neylan McBaine

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Neylan McBaine
Born 1977
Manhattan, New York
Nationality American
Education Chapin School [1]
Juilliard School (piano) [2][3]
Alma mater Yale University (English literature) [4]
Spouse Elliot Smith
Children 3
Relatives Ariel Bybee McBaine (mother)
John Francis Neylan (great-grandfather)[5]

Neylan McBaine (born 1977)[6] is an American writer, especially on topics related to women in Mormonism. She is a blogger and columnist at and, and has been published in Newsweek, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Segullah, Meridian Magazine and[7] The author of How to Be a Twenty-First Century Pioneer Woman (2008) and Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women's Local Impact (2014), and she is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Mormon Women Project.[8][9] McBaine also works professionally as a marketing and branding specialist.[4]


McBaine was born and raised in New York City, where she graduated from the Chapin School[1] and studied piano at the Juilliard School. She then graduated from Yale University in English literature.[4][10]

As a newlywed after Yale, she decided against a doctoral program at Columbia University and instead moved to San Francisco, California and began working in public relations and marketing. Her husband's graduate studies then took them to Boston, Massachusetts.[3] In 2009 they settled in Salt Lake City, and McBaine became creative director at Bonneville Communications where she worked on the "I'm a Mormon" advertising project.[11]

McBaine self-published her first book in 2009, How to be a Twenty-First Century Pioneer Woman. In 2014, Greg Kofford Books published her book Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women's Local Impact, which addressed tensions regarding the role of women in Mormon culture, and proposes possible solutions.[3]

In 2010 McBaine founded the Mormon Women Project, a 501c3 nonprofit that collects and publishes interviews of Mormon women from various countries around the world.[12] As a Mormon feminist, McBaine also advocated for LDS women to lead the church's refugee-assistance efforts.[13] McBaine also served as Chief Marketing Officer at Brain Chase Productions, maker of an online learning program for grade school students.[4]



  • McBaine, Neylan (2009). How to be a Twenty-First Century Pioneer Woman. Lexington, Kentucky: ISBN 978-0-557-05647-7. 
  • —— (2013). Sisters Abroad: Interviews from the Mormon Women Project. Englewood, Colorado: Patheos Press. ISBN 9781939221179. 
  • —— (2014). Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women's Local Impact. Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books. ISBN 1589586883. 


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  1. ^ a b "Class of 1995". Alumnae Class Representatives. The Chapin School. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  2. ^ McBaine, Neylan (Winter 2007). "Seeds of Faith in City Soil: Growing Up Mormon in New York City". Dialogue. 40 (4): 163–77. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  3. ^ a b c "Career Day with Neylan McBaine". Aspiring Mormon Women. August 25, 2014. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  4. ^ a b c d Capital IQ. "Neylan McBaine: Executive Profile & Biography". BusinessWeek. Bloomberg. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  5. ^ Laura Craner (January 26, 2012). "Emboldening Women (Through Identity): an interview with Neylan McBaine, founder of the Mormon Women Project". A Motley Vision. Retrieved 2015-03-05. 
  6. ^ Brooks, Joanna; Steenblik, Rachel Hunt; Wheelwright, Hannah, eds. (2016). "Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings". Oxford University Press: ix. ISBN 978-0-19-024803-1. 
  7. ^ McBaine, Neylan (February 9, 2010). "The Mormon Women Project". Whitney Johnson. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  8. ^ McBaine, Neylan. "About Neylan". Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher (September 28, 2010). "Mormon feminism: It's back". Salt Lake Tribune. 
  10. ^ McBaine, Neylan (Spring 2008). "Just Mom, Dad, and Me". Segullah. 4.1. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  11. ^ Holly Welker (May 25, 2011). "Should the Mormon Church Compare Itself to Wal-Mart?". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  12. ^ Cris (October 7, 2014). "November 7, 2014 — Neylan McBaine". Miller Eccles Study Group Texas. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  13. ^ Peggy Fletcher Stack (March 29, 2016). "Mormon feminist rejoices at call for LDS women to lead refugee effort". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  14. ^ Neylan McBaine (August 2, 2012). "To Do the Business of the Church: A Cooperative Paradigm for Examining Gendered Participation Within Church Organizational Structure". FairMormon. Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR). Retrieved 2015-03-05. 

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