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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Maybe there is hope

From the NYT:

At Yale and other top colleges, women are being groomed to take their place in an ever more diverse professional elite. It is almost taken for granted that, just as they make up half the students at these institutions, they will move into leadership roles on an equal basis with their male classmates.

There is just one problem with this scenario: many of these women say that is not what they want.

Many women at the nation's most elite colleges say they have already decided that they will put aside their careers in favor of raising children. Though some of these students are not planning to have children and some hope to have a family and work full time, many others, like Ms. Liu, say they will happily play a traditional female role, with motherhood their main commitment.

Much attention has been focused on career women who leave the work force to rear children. What seems to be changing is that while many women in college two or three decades ago expected to have full-time careers, their daughters, while still in college, say they have already decided to suspend or end their careers when they have children....

For many feminists, it may come as a shock to hear how unbothered many young women at the nation's top schools are by the strictures of traditional roles.

You can learn from your parents in two ways, from their successes and from their mistakes. I hope that this next generation of college women has taken salient note of the appalling and socially destructive decisions of far too many of their mothers and as well as the evolutionary dead-ends who have preceded them.

The fact that it is #4 on the NYT's most-emailed list is also a good sign.

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