The real news is that Sister Jean A. Stevens, First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency, gave the closing prayer in the Saturday morning session of General Conference. I am pretty sure she was not wearing protest pants.
It should be noted that women have been praying at General Conference for a long time: they pray regularly at the Relief Society sessions of General Conference.
But the fact that a woman gave a prayer during General Conference weekend is a first and is noteworthy.
My personal feeling is that it is positive thing for women to pray during General Conference weekend. If this small change makes women feel more included then, I say “great.”
I am skeptical that it is more than a vocal minority of women and men who actually care about these types of things. I also feel that vocal activism for change within the Church is a dangerous road to head down. The purpose of our journey on this planet is to draw closer to God and become more like Him, and that means we show humility and meekness, rather than being prideful and strident. Feeling that you know better than modern-day prophets does not show humility but instead indicates pride. Remember, Satan felt he knew better than Heavenly Father.
But if people would like to celebrate this small step, no problem at all.