A Christian critique of a movement gone wrong.
Last year the producer of National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation called to invite me on the program. The network was doing a show on “Take Our Daughters to Work Day,” with Marie Wilson, director of the Ms. Foundation for Women, as a guest. The producer wanted my perspective as a lawyer and M.B.A. who had decided to become a full-time mother.
I welcomed the opportunity. “Take Our Daughters to Work Day” was a good idea, I said on the program, to the extent that it inspired our daughters to work hard, aim high, and strive for excellence. Yet it failed to address what concerns women most today.
Mothering, I reminded Marie, is a difficult job. Every day I discipline, teach, and inspire my children. Every night at dinner my husband and I take time to ask our children to name a good thing they did that day. We strive to build a strong Christian faith in them and encourage them to develop Christian virtues. I know it will take years of devoted effort like this to reach my goals as a mother.
Over the past several years, I noted, I have talked with women from many backgrounds and walks of life. When the conversation has turned personal, I usually hear the same words: “I’m scared for my children and their future.” Do these women worry that society will block their daughters’ career advancement? I do not think so, though I know from personal experience that women often face greater obstacles to their success than men do.
Something more profound troubles me and the women I talk with: the environment in which our children are growing up, and the moral, cultural, and social deficit they are going to inherit. But who, I asked on the air, speaks for women like me, women who—whether they work ...1
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