So apparently the higher-education officials in Zionland couldn't figure out why more Utah women don't finish college. I can't even fathom what rock they must have just crawled out from under to not know this. So a survey was taken of 245 women, 80% of them Mormon. Surprise! The study found that "many Mormon girls are encouraged to go to college but not necessarily to finish." Duh, they're encouraged to go to college and find a man. The sheer number of "date and find a mate" activities my children are subjected to at the Lard's University is staggering. If only they put that emphasis on studying and obtaining a degree!!
It goes on to say "Some survey participants said they saw no urgency to graduate, believing they would finish "someday." Others said that starting a family trumped college, and getting married ended their education." One Fast Sunday in my married student ward long, long ago, the bshop got up and actually said that the number of babies blessed that day was too low! The rest of us needed to get busy! I think there were at least five blessed. Maybe more. It was interminable. No encouragement from the pulpit to finish their education first.
"LDS young women get it that it's important to go to college. That's not the problem," The study goes on. "They don't see options. They do not see that one evening a week they could go to class and their husband could watch the kids. It's all or nothing." This idea seems very reasonable, doesn't it? Of course it depends on getting a husband who is supportive of his wife's education as well. AND willing to watch his own children. AND if the woman isn't overburdened with church callings and post-partum depression. AND the money can be scraped up to spend on somthing so frivolous. It's a crap shoot and the odds are not in the women's favor.
To significantly raise the number of women with degrees in Utah, the entire cultural mind-set needs to change. I'll do my small part by encouraging my daughters to make the most of their minds and opportunities. THIS is the best time in their lives for them to do that. They have the rest of their lives to get married and have children. And they have me, a great example of what happens when a woman doesn't get that education.
Here is the link to the article but since I'm technologically challanged I'm not even sure it will work: