Letter to the editor: Education necessary for mothers


    Dear Editor:

    I would like to comment on the recent letter stating that, “In short, I think a college education is not going to make for a better mother.”

    I refer all readers to the following statement by Brigham Young: “As I have often told my sisters in the female Relief Societies, we have sisters here who, if they had the privilege of studying, would make just as good mathematicians or accountants as any man; and we think they ought to have the privilege to study these branches of knowledge that they may develop the powers with which they are endowed. We believe that women are useful, not only to sweep houses, wash dishes, make beds and raise babies, but that they should stand behind the counter, study law or physic (medicine), or become good bookkeepers and be able to do the business in any counting house, and all this to enlarge their sphere of usefulness for the benefit of society at large. In following these things they but answer the design of their creation.”

    I am so grateful for my education and know that it will indeed make me a better person, wife and mother.

    Rachael McKinnon


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