The article's very title reveals a major fault in our society, that we
consider motherhood less illustrious than a glamor career. As I review the
lives of my maternal ancestors I honor most those who raised our families.
Motherhood is illustrious. A true women's rights movement would be for
society to allow women to return to their children without saying, "Too
bad."Fathers, buck up, tighten your belt, and give your children
Jane is a stalwart, a great woman. It is always fun to watch her play her
violin or teach a primary class when I visit my sons Ward in Boston. Many woman
do not feel they have a choice whether to work outside the home or not, and some
truly do not have a choice. But Jane had a choice and she made a good one.
I love this story. Women want to be with their babies. I gave up a job I loved
to be with mine. I was moved by the yearning of mother and child for eachother.
All else pales in comparison.
This story came out about a year and a half ago. Is there a post-script to this
story? It doesn't qualify as "News".
Jane has a cute "I Am a Mormon" video.
Jane, is in my humble opinion, a real woman and an example to everyone. Thank
Congradulation Jane, your gave up something that paid money and ego for the most
important job in the world.
Why did her first marriage fail?
I would personally like to thank the Johnsons for all their service in one of
the single adult wards in Cambridge. It likely would not have been the first
place Sister Johnson would have wanted to return, along with a young family,
when Brother Johnson was called to serve in the bishopric.However,
their life's story...how they met, and the decisions they made which led to
thier marriage. It's a story better than a Cindarella. Thank you
so much for your wonderful examples!!!--I hope you read this,
Brother and Sister Johnson.
Good for Clayson! But remember her experience is a whole lot different from
that of women lacking her commercial start. Would she trade away her big fat
pre-marital checks? I doubt it.
Learning as she did to gain peace with God and then leave it up to Him is the
great message of this article. When you finally choose God's peace then you can
accept and love what comes after. Thanks for the article.
I think the article is a good one as it focuses on someone who made sacrifices
to choose family life.My idol however is my wife and all the other
women who NEVER had an illustrious career even with gifted intellect, who went
straight into the most important job in the world: parenthood. I
wish the media would focus on those who gave up fame and fortune for children. I
would choose Eli Herring as my idol over Steve Young.
I'm having a hard time deciding which is sillier:(1) The claim that
Janie Clayson "gave up" her being in the limelight nationally to just
be a mom. (Hasn't she continued maintaining her celebrity status within the
Mormon community--with the help of Deseret Media. Let's be honest, she hasn't
restricted herself to just being a mom.)...Or(2) The majority of
comments posted so far. Sappy syrup anyone? I find the celebrity worship that
happens in our community to be really bizarre in an ugly sort of way.
Brother Paul, I think you missed Zona's point in response to Reasonable Person's
comment (which I also found a touch derogatory.)Jane Clayson made a
plan and was willing to adjust that plan when it didn't pan out exactly as she
wanted. Young women would do well to emulate her decision to complete their
educations with a plan in mind -- and alternatives, too.Good lives
don't just drop into our laps. We have to work for it. Well, and hope for a
When my daughter and her husband bought their first home in Herriman, I asked
her if things got tight financially would she go out to work in order to make
house payments? Her answer was, "I'd live in a trailer first. A day care
center is not going to raise my children." I was so pleased. The children
of parents who put children first, generally are much better off all through
life. In another generation, these children will be the leaders in government,
business, industry, education, etc.
@Wayne RoutRecent statistics show that, in the white collar world, women
have matched men in earnings. When bunched in with the blue collar world, it is
I found this article interesting. I was single for several years before.finding
the right man. I don't have a choice I have to work. I'm glad it worked out for
To: Zona ZoneYour comments were not all that nice. Sister Johnson
made a decision to put Family Firstwhen she HAD opportunity to Have a
Family.She chose after much prayer and meditationto Go Back to
Her original Plan. Sure the Glamor and Glits of the Network
Broadcastworld is going to wear off and get streesful, But according to
the story, SHE MADE the Decision to Change direction and Priorities.BUT She Did have a Very Good Position in a Very Competitive Career World!! ABC
News is still veryPrestigious!!!She's a heroine in a very Real
way >> to Put Family First. She had the chance to do it and she Did
It!As she says, not everyone gets the same type chanceto make
that Decision, and she's Grateful for that chance to Decide. Zona
Zone, Let's Not put down the Choices that others make. They are just using
their "free agency" in a Free Country.Lord Bless Sister
and Brother Johnson and All the younger Johnsons (their children)!!
Reasonable person is right. We all know that working on network news is not at
all prestigious; no kid majoring in journalism is dreaming of that right now. We
all know that a prime time contract offer from ABC News is not at all what
broadcast journalists dream about. We all know that no American wants to work
for millions of dollars a year or be driven to work in a limo. Clearly, she
wasn't at the top, so reasonable person is right in pointing out it wasn't much
of a sacrifice.
Nice story.The fact of the matter is we are surrounded by people
like her. The only difference is most of the mothers just decided to be a
mother first and not worry about the career. Granted they probably wouldn't
have achieved as much career success but that doesn't make their choice any less
meaningful.No matter how you got there, motherhood is the greatest
and most rewarding job/calling you will ever have. Our nation needs
good mothers (and fathers for that matter). Without them we are headed for a
downfall the likes of which we have never seen.
I'm happy for her; I've always liked her (even though we do not share a
religion). But, she wasn't "at the top" when she gave it
all up. She'd lost her morning show gig, and done assignment work after that.
Life worked out well for her; she left at the right time, and
started her family.Good for her!
Jane is a beautiful example of a person who is persevering through every season
of her life. What an incredible wife, mom and truly a blessed woman in Israel.
Thank you for sharing!
Good story! I wish they would do a "Where are they now story" on CBS
or ABC. She touched a lot of people and I'm sure has influenced many for the
good. She is beautiful, successful and a wonderful example of goodness. Thanks DN for an uplifting story.
Great article! I enjoyed reading the entire thing and appreciated the good
example she set. Thanks for these kind of stories!
I loved reading about Jane Clayson Johnson, a woman of great faith, who knew to
put her trust in the Lord, allow herself to be led in an unplanned direction,
and eventually reach her ultimate goal to be a wife and mother. She has her
priorities in the right place, and I admire her willingness to give up a
high-paying job to marry and become a mother, the world's highest honor. As a
mother, she will influence the lives of many --- some of whom she won't be
aware, and some of whom she will --- because her children will have friends, and
eventually have children of their own. And then, she will have the greatest job
ever (my personal favorite): a grandmother.
I am in no way being critical of her decison to focus on her family instead of a
career, but when liberals quote statistics on men earning more than women it is
because of things like this. Would her husband have quit his job and stayed at
home...not likely. Women miss far more days in the work place than men and for
the most part are more focused on their family. This is not bad, but it does
explain the statistics rather than use the statistics to create a problem.
Doug, I'm curious... what did you mean by "lennonesque twist of fate"
in describing Ms. Johnson's career trajectory? Were you listening to the Beatles
on iTunes while you wrote the article? You've got me feeling culturally
illiterate this morning.
A great teaser for her book...I'm ready to read it!
Thank you Deseret News for this wonderful story. It's nice to know that there
are good people, doing good things and being recognized for it.