Insight into education, careers and womanhood

We read in The Family: A Proclamation to the World that mothers are "primarily responsible for the nurture of their children." From the time we're 12, young women weekly recite a theme encouraging them to acquire virtues that will "strengthen home and family."

Despite the emphasis The LDS Church places on motherhood and family, I frequently hear complaints from men that it's hard to find a woman to date who isn't career-focused to the detriment of her desire to be a mother.

To be honest, I'm always a bit stunned when this comes up because most of my fingers on one hand would be unnecessary to count the number of Latter-day Saint women I've met who wouldn't drop or rearrange everything if a viable marriage prospect came along.

This complaint is almost always backed up by the same misconception: Women cannot possibly plan to make family their chief priority while still enjoying secular academics, being driven to succeed in school and their careers, taking pleasure in their occupation or desiring to serve the community in any way that would take them outside the home.

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