The Ultimate Career for Women
May 12, 2023
I typed “top careers for women” into my internet search bar and found many recommendations at my fingertips. I could be a nurse, teacher, lawyer, physician, surgeon, software engineer, or one of many other high-paying professions. It seems I have endless opportunity to be successful, wealthy, and most importantly, equal to the men around me who also work in said professions. It seems that my role as a woman in this world is not unique or special at all.
Growing up, I always desired to be a wife and mother. When asked “what I wanted to be” when I grew up, I’d respond, “a mom” (likely while cradling my baby doll). As a child, this response was received with good-natured adoration. Once I hit my late teens, I started to see a shift. The adults around me asked what I planned to do after graduation, and often seemed puzzled if I answered with “I would like to get married and be a mom.” As the years passed and the questions kept coming, I became aware that being a homemaker was not considered a notable profession by most people. The answer that was once met with a smile, was now met with awkward silence and even rebuttal. If I were to believe what society preaches, I would have to conclude that homemaking is not a career worth pursuing. In fact, it’s not a career at all.
It is a good thing I do not believe what society preaches, because its view on the role of motherhood, wifehood, and homemaking is skewed and broken. Real, biblical motherhood is a high calling worth striving for. A wife who loves, respects, and cares for her husband is a treasure. A woman who thrives at home and creates a space where her family feels nurtured, loved, and cherished, is a woman to be praised. C.S. Lewis wisely said, “Homemaking is surely in reality the most important work in the world. What do ships, railways, mines, cars, government, etc., exist for except that people may be fed, warmed, and safe in their own homes? The homemaker’s job is one for which all others exist.”
The most rewarding, valuable, impactful, and important work you will ever do is within the four walls of your home. The most valuable thing you can invest in is your family. The greatest success, the raising of Godly children. The most notable achievement, the love you pour into your work.
Ladies, don’t buy into the lies and propaganda of our culture. You were not created to do everything a man can do. You were made so unique and special. You were created to compliment your husband in a way that only you can. The role you hold or could hold as a homemaker is one that only you can do. Gentleman, a woman who desires the career of a homemaker is the greatest gift you can give your children. A woman who desires to make the house you provide into a home is a woman worth fighting for. This family model has worked throughout history to provide stable, happy, and healthy homes and families. If it was not broken then, it is not now.
And so, I conclude by agreeing with C.S. Lewis:
Homemaking is the ultimate career.