So, what has been going on here during my few days of blog silence? A lot, actually; we celebrated Tu B'Shvat (although we did suffer the slight disappointment of almond trees, the symbol of the holiday in Israel, not being in bloom yet this year), began making plans of Purim (I'm hunting for ideas for non-sew homemade children's costumes, please do share if you have something in mind!), and even thinking about Pesach (love the holiday, but can't we somehow get to it without getting wiped out by frantic cleaning first?)
Having made this little preface, I continue sharing from Vocational Guidance for Girls, Chapter 5.
"For years, and in fact until very recently, the whole tendency in education for girls has been toward a training which ignores sex and ultimate destiny."
Here is another quote which confirms that, despite good intentions of some women's educators, things really have not changed much (except for the worst). Girls are expected to slave away at their educations and careers, which for long years will take precedence over anything else in their lives - while completely ignoring that these are women, and these women will eventually get married and start families (their "ultimate destiny"), at which point many of them will be sorry for not being able to run a home properly, and/or not having the financial ability to stay home at least during their children's infancy. Mothers, husbands and children all lose something very important in the process.
"Yet we are confronted by the fact that the majority of girls do marry, and that many of this majority are woefully lacking in the knowledge and training they should have. Nor are these girls exclusively from the poor and ignorant classes."
"The girl who grows up in an ideal home will be likely to look forward to making such a home some day. Or, if the home is not in all respects ideal, the father or mother who nevertheless recognizes ideal homes as possible may show the girl directly or otherwise how to avoid the mischance of a less than perfect home."
I think few of us have grown up in homes, or as adults, made homes that were "in all respects ideal". Nevertheless, the striving to improve is, and should always be there. Once we shrug our shoulders and say "it is evil, but it cannot be changed" we lose even that ground which we were able to gain.