Historic hire at BYU: scripture prof who is a young mom

Brigham Young University’s ancient-scripture department has hired its first married woman with young children as a tenure-track professor.

Amy Easton-Flake comes to the Mormon-owned school with a doctorate in American literature and women’s studies from Brandeis University — plus a 2-year-old, a 6-month-old and plans for more children.

"No married woman with small children has ever, ever been hired in a tenure-track appointment in the College of Religious Education at BYU," writes Valerie Hudson, a former BYU professor who now teaches international affairs at Texas A&M University.

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