To LDS Fathers: So, Your Daughter Wants An Advanced Degree?

by Sherman Watkins In our first AMW podcast, Susan Madsen discussed how her research showed the influential role fathers play in ensuring that their daughters graduate from college. Given that my father was a big supporter of my educational pursuits, I’ve invited him to share his perspective as a father of two aspiring Mormon women.  –Naomi Having […]

Work and Motherhood–Not Incompatible!

by Kaylie Astin I have always believed that the work of mothers matters. When I heard leaders of the LDS faith talk about the value of mothers staying home, I believed that’s what I was supposed to do. After I had my first baby, I quit everything. I couldn’t imagine going to the grocery store, […]

Why is Everybody Looking at Me?: Dealing with Self-Criticism

by Denia-Marie Ollerton Denia-Marie received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and French Studies from Brigham Young University. She recently obtained a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College, and currently works as a therapist in Boston. Her professional experience spans a broad range of populations, and settings, from schools working with children and […]

Ending the Silence

by Tiffany Gee Lewis Years ago, when I had four children crammed together and a husband in the thick of graduate school, I stumbled across Tillie Olsen’s book Silences, which chronicles the lives of authors who have been silenced by life circumstance. I loved Tillie Olson, loved her short story, “I Stand Here Ironing,” which […]

The Confidence to Dream

by Dianne Orcutt When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, from about 14 on, the answer I always gave was “lawyer.”  I remember consciously answering all the questions on the 8th grade career assessment in a way that I thought would guarantee “lawyer” was one of the results – it was. […]

Turn, Turn, Turn–My Turn

by Nan Recently I spent the day with a friend who is at the tail end of fairly acrimonious divorce proceedings. In the last several months she has expressed an array of emotions as she has processed the grief associated with the end of her marriage. This time she expressed surprise and dismay at the […]

On Leaning In

by Hadley Duncan Howard I am a privileged American woman. I enjoy the benefits and comforts of every advantage the Lord has ever bestowed upon His children – freedom and opportunity, health and strength, wits and the education to make good use of them, loving and respectful relationships, meaningful and satisfying work, an understanding of […]

You Better Do it Then (and Welcome!)

by Naomi Watkins While attending a stake women’s conference in November of 2004, I received a distinct and vivid impression that I needed to earn my PhD. Only a few months earlier, I had graduated with my master’s degree and triumphantly cheered, “I am done with school forever!” I had no intention of doing more […]

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