got me a college girl

in celebration of formal education in the life of the Christian girl

Friday, February 24, 2006

“Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you” (Karen)

Well, once again, I feel as though this College Girl is battling those who believe a college education is wasted on stay-at-home wives and mothers and this time it is coming from the far left. Alert College Girl reader, Jenni, sent this link our direction and I would encourage you to read it as it does bring up some of things we have talked about on this blog.

ABC’s Good Morning America has hosted a series of Mommy Wars segments where, according to Dr. Al Moehler, attorney Linda Hirshman “has told America's moms that their work is fundamentally unimportant, uninteresting, and fundamentally unworthy of any "complicated" and "educated" person….Women who stay at home with their children, turning their back on promising careers, "are letting down the team," she asserts. They are rejecting the very feminist ideal that the radical ideologues have adopted and they are undermining the cause of all women, in Hirshman's condescending view.”

Did anyone see these programs? What say ye?


  • At 3:54 PM, Blogger michele said…

    I saw someone like her (if not her) on 60 minutes a while ago complaining that they were throwing away all the hard work of the feminist movement. But the piece turned out pro-mom and Leslie Stalh asked some pretty good questions.

  • At 4:12 PM, Blogger Nikkiana said…

    I don't particularly recognize any of the names you mention, but I do recognize the arguement.

    I think the fundemental difference about this arguement is the fact that it doesn't exactly belittle college education... what it belittles is motherhood and staying at home with your children.

    From what I've seen, this ultra-feminist arguement is generally held by women who have strong aspirations for their career and have little to no desire to have children, much less quit working to raise any.

    I think this attitude is extremely condescending, sure... but no more so than the "education is not important for women because they should be staying home" arguement that some conservative Christians hold.

  • At 7:29 PM, Blogger Camille said…

    I find it morally represensible when anyone (male or female) pits woman against woman. Tsk, tsk. *THAT* is a feminist no-no. ;) Seriously though, it's a widely recognized fact among academic feminists that patriarchy posits women against each other.

    So that's no "ultra-feminist" thing. That's just a horrible thing.

  • At 9:37 PM, Blogger Laura T said…

    I saw the same program Michele saw many months back. It was definately pro-mom and my husband and I both enjoyed it. They presented highly educated women who were making the choice for themselves to stay at home and raise a family. They felt they could re-enter the work force at another point in their life. This season of their life called them to motherhood. Amen ! I actually appreciated seeing highly intelligent women choosing to be with their small children rather then competing in the workforce.

    Again, the program that I viewed was inspiring. So many times the mainstream channels bash women who choose to stay at home and raise a family and it was refreshing to see another side.

  • At 8:25 AM, Blogger Kim Anderson said…

    Hmmm! "Letting the team down." What if educated women who stay home are the only ones really ON the team? I'm launching a series on my blog about what I call "professional mothers" - educated women staying home with their children and doing amazing things in the process. You might want to check it out at and at

  • At 10:17 AM, Blogger prairie girl said…


    That reminds me of my "monstrous women" series, bios of women who have done amazing things for Christ but whose choices would not be acceptable today in some circles.

  • At 11:20 AM, Blogger Monica said…

    I finally got a chance to read the article, and it seems to me that one of its fatal flaws comes in the abstract before she even really gets going. She starts out by saying, "Funny that most men rarely make the same 'choice.'" But why should she start out an article about women talking about what men do? Who cares if men make that choice or not? Why should that impede my ability to choose to stay home if that's what I decide to do?

  • At 11:37 AM, Blogger Monica said…

    Someone must have read Ms. Hirshman's article... :-)

    Check out in today's NYTimes.

  • At 4:56 PM, Blogger TulipGirl said…

    OT. . . I've had this song stuck in my head alllll week because of you!

  • At 7:44 AM, Blogger prairie girl said…

    But it's a great song!!!!


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