Women in business: Reaching the top starts with believing you can

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  • mjkkjk Nowhere, 00
    April 4, 2016 3:21 p.m.

    RE: RBB

    Yes, that's why I said that not every woman needs to have a career. Some stay home and are incredibly productive. The mistake is believing that you MUST stay home in order to provide a nurturing environment for your kids--in general. Some kids need more attention than others and require a parent at home full time. I would argue that a significant portion of children (particularly those in school) with one parent at home do not need that.

    My wife has had multiple visiting teachers literally tell her that our kids will become criminals because she works. My kids are evidence that this is laughable. Putting your children first doesn't mean that you need to have one parent at home sitting on facebook while kids are in school.

    Because my wife works, the kids and I do our fair share of house cleaning, cooking, and everything else. We have a very healthy balance that is hard for many families to achieve. The sharply divided roles of many Utah families has led to imbalances. There's a reason why Utah is always among the top 5 for prescription drub abuse and anti-depressants in particular.

  • sashabill Morgan Hill, CA
    April 4, 2016 2:31 p.m.

    LDS women in pioneer times drove cattle, farmed, walked the trails, suffered, and sometimes gave up their lives, right along with other church members. With the active encouragement of church leaders, mid-19th century LDS women studied the medical, nursing, and midwife professions and took the lead in developing those pursuits in Utah. This resulted in a significant decline in the infant mortality rate during that time period. More recent LDS women leaders include the late Paula Hawkins (Senator from Florida) and Angela "Bay" Buchanan, U.S. Treasurer under Ronald Reagan.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    April 4, 2016 11:18 a.m.

    My wife recently returned for additional university experience, in addition to what she finished 15 years ago. She was looking for a way to remain available to our family yet to continue in her growth. She's amazing and is willing to work hard to accomplish her goals.

  • Silver Stingray St. George, UT
    April 4, 2016 10:16 a.m.

    Kate Kelly believed she could and reached for the top. Look where that got her.

  • windsor City, Ut
    April 4, 2016 6:33 a.m.

    ‘Women in business: Reaching the top starts with believing you can’

    I'd say it doesn't start with believing you can but starts with giving a flip.

    The best women there are have way better things to do with their lives and their time.

    Its hard for some to admit,
    but if you are intellectually honest,
    'reaching the top in business' has to do with only 3 things: ego, Narcissism or $$$.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    April 3, 2016 11:05 p.m.

    And yet many very skilled women chose to stay at home and focus on what they belive to be their most important asset, their children. I am personally grateful that my wife and my mother chose to stay at home until kids were out of the house. I loved coming home and having my mother there, as did my children. Each family needs to make the decision which is best for them, and hopefully those who would be condescending will mind their own business.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    April 3, 2016 10:12 p.m.

    Some interesting facts: 1) Wyoming was the first state to give women the vote, but Utah was the first state where women actually got to vote. 2) Brigham Young encouraged women to get higher educations to allow them to run businesses, while the men could keep working in the fields. 3) The LDS Church has the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. My personal opinion is that there should be a lot more COOPERATION between the sexes and less OPPOSITION. Men are important, and so are women!

  • Curtis Hight Anchorage, AK
    April 3, 2016 10:07 a.m.

    A supervisor of mine retired this past week. I was hired to spend the winter helping to document a brain dump of technical details. She led an otherwise all male group with first-rate professionalism. Her husband having passed on a few years ago, her first major experience in retirement will be escorting her disabled brother to Europe. She was the smartest, the hardest working, and the most interpersonally cordial person in the group and the obvious choice to lead, and lead effectively she did! I encourage my nieces and other young women to such leadership!

  • mjkkjk Nowhere, 00
    April 3, 2016 9:41 a.m.

    This is a good article. I'm happy to see it published by an outlet like DN. Utah has a serious disconnect between what the LDS church actually teaches about women and careers and what the members who live here THINK the church teaches about women working.

    Even though the church teaches "men and women are obligated to help each other as equal partners", it seems like the vast majority of LDS Utahns believe that women should stay at home.

    My wife's career has been extremely healthy for our family and relationship. Our kids are A students. My wife is one of the first to be selected for leadership callings because she's developed great leadership skills at work. And we spend as much or more combined face time (between both of us) with our kids as most families with one parent at home. How is that possible? We're rarely on Facebook and we aren't addicted to smartphones.

    While I certainly don't believe every woman with children needs to have a career to be a great wife and mother, I do believe that MANY Utah families would benefit from it.