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Daily Universe reporter, Holly Cluff wrote: "A majority of women who come to BYU have an idea of what life is going to look like after graduation and struggle when it’s not realized, Blau said. She said she faced this struggle herself when she graduated from Utah State University. She had planned on marrying early and having a large family but struggled when she found herself single for several more years.

Reed said she wants to reframe unmet expectations as “opportunities” for the students.

A lot of female students do not realize the opportunities before them and have the idea that they must choose a family or a career, Sanders said."
College of Family, Home, and Social Science blog post March 9, 2021, by Baylie Nordgren. “Once I realized this is my life and I am just as deserving of a quality education and a successful career as any man, my eyes were opened,” says Wallis. “I want every woman at BYU to know that she not only belongs here but is valued. We need your perspectives and bright minds. This is not your backup plan — this is your life, and you deserve every bit of it.”
A Daily Universe article by Cassidy Wixom reports, "Women in Utah often face unique challenges entering the workforce or seeking higher education because of the prevalence of certain cultural attitudes within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
Article written on KSL by Lauren Bennett. "If we wait until we're 40 years old, then we won't be able to see the changes — but it also will just take that much longer for progress to happen, especially if we're in a situation where legislation and policies and gentrification is happening so rapidly," Pinkney told "We can help more people than if people were to run now, versus waiting until they're 50 and retired and feel comfortable."
Harvard Business Review Article by Robin J. Ely and Irene Padavic. March - April 2020."According to the work/family narrative and broader cultural notions, [a woman's] commitment to family is primary by nature, so their commitment to work has to be secondary. But a family-first stance comes at a significant cost to their careers and flies in the face of their professional ambitions."
Join Amy Bernstein, editor of HBR, Amy Gallo, author of "Guide to Dealing with Conflict" at HBR and Emily Caulfield, senior designer at HBR for conversations about "where we're at and how we move forward."
Harvard Business Review article by Amy Jen Su. July 29, 2019. "According to the latest research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly half of marriages in the U.S. are composed of dual-career couples. That number rises to 63% in married couples with children."
Daily Universe article by Elena Castro. February 26, 2021. "We have such rampant perfectionism at BYU that there are a lot of moms trying to be the perfect student, the perfect mom, the perfect wife and there’s just not enough of that 100% perfect to go around,” CAPS clinical professor Lesli Allen said.

This perfectionism leads to a lot of shame and guilt, she said. It was her goal to provide a place for people to come and talk and see that they are not alone."
NPR article and broadcast by Gabe O'Connor, James Doubek and Rick Bownmer. February 1, 2021. “Henderson says, after a while, the thing that kept her from getting her degree was feeling shame about not already having it. But she finally decided to stop being ashamed.

"...I just decided to be open about it and to be transparent about it and to hopefully encourage other women or men who are in a similar situation, where they're wanting to go back, but maybe feeling awkward about it, too, to help inspire them to just do it.""
Stylist reporter, Lauren Geall reports: "...women have been socially conditioned to feel less deserving of things such as pay rises and promotions than men, a phenomenon they term ‘the unentitled mindset’." In quoting Edwina Dunn, Geall writes, "This is not about fixing women by changing the way they think – women are not born with an unentitled mindset,” she says. “It grows from experiences which encourage women to expect less, not to take up too much space, or not to demand ‘too much’.” 
The Economist reports, "According to a recent study from McKinsey, a consultancy, women make up 39% of the global workforce but accounted for 54% of the job losses from the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic to June last year."

"Policymakers are starting to pay attention. Last month Kamala Harris, America’s vice-president, called the exodus of women from the workforce a “national emergency.”"
United Nations News reports, "Speaking up, and contributing to decision-making, is the right of every human being – women, just as much as men”, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet told the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. “It is also a powerful lever for better policy – for everyone”.

She cited evidence demonstrating conclusively that where women are well represented in government, there is more investment in social protection and a better focus on climate justice."
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Women Aren't Persisting to Graduation

Dixie R. Sevison, Director of Women’s Services and Resources at BYU, talks about Women, Education, Careers & Life. Dixie discusses research that shows how young women around the state of Utah are not persisting to graduation and highlights some key findings from the research community during this video.

  • Women pursue lower paying fields of study because they hope for more flexibility for employment, but employees with more high paying fields of study tend to have more workplace flexibility
  • (LDS) Women perceive their duties toward education as a mechanism to:
  • Provide for their family IF their husband dies, become disabled or leaves
  • Provide for themselves IF they stay single or lose their husband
  • Provide for their family IF their husband is laid off, or their family encounters difficult circumstances
  • In the article Dixie references ( What if Plan A Doesn’t Work by Casey Hurley, Department of Business Management at BYU-Idaho), Hurley continues saying ultimately female students will make major and career plans with guidance from the Holy Ghost and a final confirmation that their choice is the one the Lord has in mind for them, but they first MUST understand the importance of completing an education.

  • Research shows that for women, working outside of the home for pay is a necessity that cannot be avoided. Women are increasingly becoming the primary provider in their households and unfortunately are often unprepared for that reality (Ideas adapted from quoted text of Dr. Melissa Goates-Jones and also highlighted in BYU FHSS article Dr. Melissa Jones on Balance )