Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Barefoot and pregnant

According to the Times, more and more women at elite schools want to stay home and raise a family instead of doing the high powered career thing:

Cynthia Liu is precisely the kind of high achiever Yale wants: smart (1510 SAT), disciplined (4.0 grade point average), competitive (finalist in Texas oratory competition), musical (pianist), athletic (runner) and altruistic (hospital volunteer). And at the start of her sophomore year at Yale, Ms. Liu is full of ambition, planning to go to law school.

So will she join the long tradition of famous Ivy League graduates? Not likely. By the time she is 30, this accomplished 19-year-old expects to be a stay-at-home mom.

"My mother's always told me you can't be the best career woman and the best mother at the same time," Ms. Liu said matter-of-factly. "You always have to choose one over the other."

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.

Read more here .

By the way, what's with the Times charging for access to their op-ed stories? I like a good Maureen Dowd rant as much as the next guy, but i'm not going to pay $50 a year for it.


Blogger deo said...

Total horseshit...This is one of those classic "me and a couple people I talked to make a cultural trend" article. The only piece of non-anecdotal evidence cited indicates...no discernible trend whatsoever. But what "many say" and "many think" must be taken seriously.

For more comprehensive debunking, check out: http://www.slate.com/id/2126636/

via http://atrios.blogspot.com/2005_09_18_atrios_archive.html#112731832921924293

9:01 PM  
Blogger Duane said...

Ahhh slate. Is there anything they can't debunk?

Also, i've been following the titillating debate in slate today about how porn is ruining sex . Actually, there's not a lot of titillation...it's more like watching an episode of Oprah. All the members of the discussion are women, and needless to say, they come down against porn. I guess Slate is trying to make up for the Times' trespasses by giving us a heavy dose of feminism.

10:07 PM  
Blogger shannon said...

many say and think that everyone should send lots of money to me right now. can we get that trend going before slate debunks it?

and we can't get rid of porn--it's funny!

3:08 PM  
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