I have a son, not a daughter. But in regards to education, it wouldn't matter. Male or Female, we in America are afforded the same educational rights and opportunities regardless of gender. But that, as I have been discovering, does not extend into the home. Why? Why limit our daughters to being mothers, wives, caretakers? Why tell them, at tender ages such as 10 or 12, that they should not pursue their dreams because they may wish to be stay at home mothers? Do we do this to our sons? Do we tell them they are foolish for thinking about college because they may marry at a young age and need to provide for a family? NO! I'm appalled, saddened, and sickened by what I have been seeing from both friend and stranger!
I recently read of a mom whose daughter said she wanted to be a veterinarian or perhaps an vet. assistant. The daughter was only 12. 12, and her mother was discouraging her from a dream of a college education of any sort because she may decide to be a stay at home mother, and not use her degree....then of course it would be a waste of time and money. Friends, let me tell you something right now. An education of any sort, whether it is used or not, is NEVER a waste of money or time. NEVER! I, myself, am a college degree holder AND a stay-at-home homeschooling mother BY MY OWN CHOICE! I have a degree in sociology, and minors in criminal justice, history, French, and meteorology. And at no point in time have I ever felt that my college days were a waste of time or money. No one told me I HAD to stay home. No one told me that was my only role in life, or my "God led" role. I think all too often we impose our own desires into the picture while claiming it is God's will. Would God allow your daughter to have a desire for an education if it not her purpose?
I have learned there are programs that are gendered, and mainly used by some homeschoolers. The male gendered programs steer young boys to occupations, higher education, etc. to prepare them to be the main breadwinners of a family. The female version of these programs are designed to train little girls (as young as pre-school age!) to be merry little homemakers and mothers. It is assumed that boys will grow into young men who will obtain careers-either with or without the need for a college degree, while the girls will marry at young ages and have her husband support her. WHY? Why do we deny our girls the right to an equal education, whether they choose to use it or not? This, to me, is so wrong!
There are far too many people in this world, mostly female, who are denied the ability to obtain an education. If your daughter wants to go to college, embrace that! Cherish that! Do your best to foster that desire! LET HER GET AN EDUCATION THAT SO MANY ARE DENIED!!!!!!