Women from Elite Colleges Motherhood or Work Throughout time women have been expected to stay home and take care of the family, but times have changed. Some mothers go to work and others stay home. There are influences that help or hinder a woman’s choice to stay home or work, even if she has attended an excellent college according to “Many Women at Elite College Set Career Path to Motherhood” by Louise Story. Their families are the biggest influence in their lives. Their family members were the only role models they had to go by while they were growing up.
Her parents owned the local hotel in Fort Royal, Virginia, but they never had excessive amounts of money. Despite her family’s lack of money, Belle’s parents believed it was important for her to receive a good education. After Belle had completed some primary school at the age of twelve, she was shipped off to Mount Washington Female College at Baltimore. This school was an institute that taught girls to behave lady-like. At the age of sixteen, she had finished her schooling and was seen in society as a beautiful debutante.
“Strange it seemed to Hester, as she watched her daughter grow more beautiful and more intelligent every day! Her Pearl! That’s what Hester named her” (Chapter 6) PAST ACTIONS – Hester married an elderly scholar, Chillingworth, who sent her away to America to live but never followed her. While waiting a long time for him, she had an affair with a Puritan minister named Dimmesdale, after which she gave birth to Pearl. ACTIONS THROUGHOUT STORY –Despite her scorning from the townspeople, she stays in the community and gives to the poor, despite her own poverty.
She grew up in a wealthy family in an era when young women were to grow up to be proper homemakers, respectable society members, and civilized, obedient wives to their husbands. During this time women in the “nursing profession”, or rather those who looked after the ill and destitute in hospitals, were considered low class and “little less than prostitutes” (Bloy, 2010). Nightingale’s interests in nursing began to manifest when she was 16 after she “experienced a ‘calling’ from God to serve humankind”, and although she had similar impressions in the following years and identified her desire to be a nurse at age 24, she was not able to break away from her family’s disapproval to train in nursing until age 31 (Fitzpatrick & Whall, 2005, p. 22). A couple of years after Nightingale completed a period of training to be a sick nursing in Germany, the Crimean War broke out and Nightingale, along with 38 other nurses, traveled to Scutari to offer their services in the military hospitals (Fitzpatrick & Whall, 2005). It was here where
Although she looses Tea Cake at the end of the novel, Janie is finally satisfied since she has achieved the fulfilment she sought. She has also matured and regards herself able to face the next part of her life. Janie grows up sheltered by her grandmother and not knowing about the difficulties a woman and at the same time a black one often has to face. Her grandmother who has experienced all those things herself, since she grew up in slavery, tries hard to keep any kind of harassment and exploitation from her. Janie dreams of real love, something she expects to find in marriage one day.
This strongly represents the cultural and societal views of the time because they believed being a housewife was their "sole responsibility". Katherine, the teacher, was criticized and gossiped about because she was older than thirty and not married. My own grandmother, who was about the same age in the 1950's as the students in the film, in fact graduated with honors and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. However, shortly after, she married, started a family, and did not pursue a career. She has never expressed regret for her decision, but it is a real life example of what society expected of women during that time period.
As a child she was not afraid to stand up for herself when mistreated by whites, so much so that her grandmother worried about her safety. With a teacher for a mother, Rosa always valued education. As an adult Rosa would earn her high school degree, but prior to that she was only able to attend school through the 8th grade before her school, Booker T. Washington Elementary, was shut down. In 1932 she married her husband, Raymond Parks, who was a political activist himself, and had a large influence on Rosa’s own work throughout her life. Early on in their marriage, Rosa found herself worrying about her husband’s safety due to his own involvement in political activities.
I am married, employed full-time and attending college. Amanda was raised by a single mother since the age of 5 years old. She has two sisters and a very tight knit extended maternal family with many aunts, uncles, cousins, and very supportive grandparents. I was first raised by joint custody between my mother and paternal grandparents until I was 9 years old, when my paternal grandmother passed away. I was raised with 6 brothers, only one who shared the same father as me.
Her mother supplemented the family income by working as a maid.  She worked 11 hours a day for $17 per week to help pay for Alice to attend college.  Living under Jim Crow laws, Walker's parents resisted landlords who expected the children of black sharecroppers to work the fields at a young age. A white plantation owner said to her that black people had "no need for education". Minnie Lou Walker, according to her daughter, replied "You might have some black children somewhere, but they don't live in this house.