A few days ago a blog post went viral, and not because it was good. I’m not going to link to it because she has already gotten enough attention over it and it’ll probably just make you as annoyed as I was.
In a nutshell, she said that God doesn’t want women to get an education because 1) men don’t want to marry a woman with debt, 2) men don’t want to have babies with educated feminist heathens who haven’t been taught they’re subservient to their husbands, or 3) they will delay having babies or not have enough babies because they’ll work and if you don’t have 8 kids are you even a woman? Also, if you’re not a tattooless virgin, you suck.
You can see why she has received a lot of attention over this.
I’m not going to Bible bash with the internet about how wrong she is (because she is wrong), but I also feel like for every asinine article published about why women shouldn’t be educated, that there should be hundreds of people writing about why women SHOULD be educated. So that when an ambitious young or less-young woman goes to Google wondering if she should go to school, she gets the positive instead of the crazy and the wrong. Because, again, she’s totally wrong.
It’s hard to know what to say to such ignorant comments or where to begin, but I’d like to keep it simple.
If you’re Christian, don’t buy that garbage. Jesus does want his sisters to be educated. Go read Proverbs 31 and tell me if any of those things are nullified by obtaining an education or working outside your home. I think you’ll find that both can enhance the qualities of the type of virtuous woman God wants you to be. I feel like my education and work have brought me closer to my family and God because God is pretty smart, creating the universe and all. Why wouldn’t he want us to learn about his creations and each other? I don’t know where this idea that an education will put you at odds with God comes from, but don’t believe it.
If you’re not a Christian, well, I still think that Jesus wants you to get an education 🙂 And I hope you can see past the interpretation of scripture some have sadly propagated.
Education at any level helps us become better people, Christian or not.
While I love my husband and children, you are not on earth for the sole purpose of catching a man and having babies. And their whole purpose is not to be a paycheck. I personally feel my family is a huge part of my purpose that brings the greatest happiness to my life, but I don’t believe it’s my only purpose.
Though you don’t need anyone’s permission, you are allowed to have satisfaction in the work you do–in and out of your home.
Lastly, regardless of your belief in God, learning is part of our nature. Nothing survives unless it learns. Whether you’re reading books, working towards a certificate program, getting on-the-job training, or writing your dissertation, our learning and education help us thrive because it’s part of who we are.
If you want to leave good vibes for anyone considering their own educational path, leave a comment letting them know how your education has impacted your life!