I’m a Getter AND a Giver: An Alternative Image + Activity

by Naomi Watkins A little over a month ago, I wrote a critique about an image that appeared with a short article in the New Era magazine depicting two young women, one as a getter and the other as a giver. My previous post outlines the problems with the image, so I won’t rehash them here. Instead, […]

Diaspora: A Prayer

by Hadley Duncan Howard I weep in the shower after our conversation. I weep and pray and do all I can to not lean into the helplessness that is, at times, motherhood. She says she’s tempted not to raise her hand in class. She says it’s because she feels small there. She says sometimes she’s […]

‘Girls Who Choose God’: A Reflection & Author Interview

by Naomi Watkins “Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just […]

A Conversation with My Daughter about a Girl and Her Golden Eagle

by Ryan Hammond You may have seen this story and its accompanying pictures about the 13-year-old girl who hunts with a golden eagle, an activity traditionally done by men in Mongolia.  I showed the pictures to my 9-year-old daughter and had the following conversation: Me: Esme, what do you think of the pictures of the […]

Carving Out a Place for Dreams

by Jessica Duckett Finnigan When I was engaged, I once joked that I wanted to have four daughters. As luck would have it, I beat the odds, and my husband and I do indeed have four daughters who are currently 11, 10, 8, and 6 years old. We’ve found that having four girls and no boys does have […]

I am My Own Plan A

by Hadley Duncan Howard My mother is a feminist. She’s a mid-century, never-employed, stay-at-home… feminist. Her own mother had a career, but Mom stayed at home because she chose to, because that interested her, because she felt called to be there. She always taught me that I could do anything I wanted to do, including […]

Three (Economic) Reasons I Want My Daughters to Aspire

by Ryan Hammond I would like to write specifically about some pressing economic trends that have led me to think deeply about the importance of supporting my daughters in their educational and future professional goals. My concern is colored heavily by my professional life as a professor who specializes in studying the changing nature of […]

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 […]

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