Motherhood and Women's Lib

The "Women's Lib" movement has led many mothers and home–makers to question their roles. The mother who stays at home wonders if she is a victim of the so–called motherhood cult, which is built on the premise that a mother lives for her children. The mother who works or is active in the church and community may, on the other hand, have a guilty feeling that she is neglecting her children.

There need be no conflict between home and outside activities when a mother's decisions are the result of prayer and her motive is to serve God and mankind to her fullest capacity. Mrs. Eddy tells us, "Home is the dearest spot on earth, and it should be the centre, though not the boundary, of the affections."Science and Health, p. 58;

The mother who is considerably active outside the home might ask herself, "What are my motives for these activities? Does the good in them outweigh possible disadvantages for the home and family? Is my home still the center of my affections? Is my love for my children, my interest in them and concern for their welfare, such that they still regard home as the center of their affections?"

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Life Without Limits
September 18, 1971

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