"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.The article goes on to discuss how the choices these women are making are greatly influenced by the choices their mothers made, along with the fact that they will likely marry men who will be able to support them to stay at home.
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."
"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. "They are still thinking of this as a private issue; they're accepting it," said Laura Wexler, a professor of American studies and women's and gender studies at Yale. "Women have been given full-time working career opportunities and encouragement with no social changes to support it.""Right now I don't know what to think about topics in this article. I envy women who can be confident that they will be financially supported enough to stay home. I envy these young girls who can flippantly assume that they will be able to have two kids whenever they want. I am bothered by the comments of some of those interviewed in the article that there were obvious differences between those of us raised by working mothers versus those who were raised by stay-at-home moms. There's an implied superiority there that I don't think is true. I do support women being able to chose whether to work, stay at home, or do some combination for whatever timeframe is best for them and their families. I just wish that there were newspaper articles about how the men at those Ivy League schools were as casually committed to staying at home or working part-time once they had kids. Then maybe there would be some semblance of gender equality in our country. But right now I don't think there is.
What do you think?