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Recently a friend showed me a flier that was sent to her teenage daughter for a women’s conference entitled I Am Woman. Do you remember that song by Helen Reddy? I am woman hear me roar in numbers too big to ignore…No one’s ever gonna keep me down again… I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman… The title reminded me of Rosie the Riveter with her fist clenched and her sleeve rolled up to display her muscle.

 

This was from a church, mind you, targeting a homeschooled young woman who just graduated. Not the mother or the older daughter, but the young woman who just graduated, who is most vulnerable to the lures of Satan to derail her from her godly calling.

 

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

 

“We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby” or so we have been told by the national media, but what does this look like, and what are some of the consequences of our departure from our roles defined by God’s Word?

 

We have several books on the subject, which come from a biblical perspective, and thus read as a Christian would expect, but what, I wondered, was the perspective of a more secular culture. Here is what I found online.

 

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_the_workforce

“Women in the workforce earning wages or a salary are part of a modern phenomenon. Until modern times, legal and cultural practices, combined with the inertia of longstanding religious and educational conventions, restricted women’s entry and participation in the workforce…Women’s lack of access to higher education had effectively excluded them from the practice of well-paid and high status occupations.

 

Women were completely forbidden access to Cambridge University until 1868, and were encumbered with a variety of restrictions until 1987 when the university adopted an equal opportunity policy. Cambridge University only fully validated degrees for women late in 1947, and even then only after much opposition and acrimonious debate…

 

In the last 50 years we have experienced great changes toward gender equality in America. With the feministic movement of the 1960’s, women began to enter the workforce in great numbers. Women had also had high labor market participation during World War II as so many male soldiers were away, women had to take up jobs to support their family and keep their local economy on track. Many of these women dropped right back out of the labor force when the men returned home from war to raise children born in the generation of baby boomers.

 

In the late 1960’s when women began entering the labor force in record numbers, they were entering in addition to all of the men, as opposed to substituting for men during the war. This dynamic shift from the one-earner household to the two-earner household dramatically changed the socioeconomic class system of this country.

 

Female children of the middle and upper classes had increased access to higher education…Due to the dramatic increase in availability of birth control, these high status women were able to delay marriage and child-bearing until they had completed their education and advanced their careers to their desired positions.

 

Prior to the feminist movement, the socioeconomic status of a family was based almost solely on the husband/father’s occupation.

 

In the beginning of the 20th century, women were regarded as society’s guardians of morality; they were seen as made finer than men and were expected to act as such. Their role was not defined as workers or moneymakers. Women were expected to hold on to their innocence until the right man came along so that they can start a family and inculcate that morality they were in charge of preserving. The role of men was to support the family financially. Yet at the turn of the 20th century, social attitudes towards educating young women were changing. Women in North America and Western Europe were now becoming more and more educated, in no small part because of the efforts of pioneering women to further their own education, defying opposition by male educators. By 1900, four out of five colleges accepted women and a whole coed concept was becoming more and more accepted.

 

In the United States, it was World War I that made space for women in the workforce…Due to the rise in demand for production from Europe during the raging war, more women found themselves working outside the home.

 

In the first quarter of the century, women mostly occupied jobs in factory work or as domestic servants, but as the war came to an end they were able to move on to such jobs as salespeople in department stores as well as clerical, secretarial and other, what were called, ‘lace-collar’ jobs. In July 1920, The New York Times ran a headline that read: ‘The American Woman…has lifted her skirts far beyond any modest limitation’ which could apply to more than just fashion; women were now rolling up their sleeves and skirts and making their way into the workforce.

 

The Quiet Revolution

 

The increase of women in the labor force of Western countries gained momentum in the late 19th century. At this point women married early on and were defined by their marriages. If they entered the workforce, it was only out of necessity.

 

The first phase encompasses the time between the late 19th century to the 1930’s. This era gave birth to the ‘Independent female worker.’ From 1890 to 1930, women in the workforce were typically young and unmarried. They had little or no learning on the job and typically held clerical and teaching positions. Many women also worked in textile manufacturing or as domestics. Women promptly exited the workforce when they were married, unless the family needed two incomes.

 

Towards the end of the 1920’s, as we enter into the second phase, married women begin to exit the workforce less and less. Labor force productivity for married women 35-44 years of age increased by 15.5 percentage points from 10% to 25%. This phase has been appropriately labeled as the Transition Era referring to the time period between 1930 and 1950. During this time the discriminatory institution of marriage bars (restricting married women from employment in many professions), which forced women out of the workforce after marriage, were eliminated, allowing more participation in the workforce of single and married women. However, still women’s work was contingent upon their husband’s income. Women did not normally work to fulfill a personal need to define one’s career and social worth; they worked out of necessity.

 

In the third phase, labeled the ‘roots of the revolution’ encompassing the time from 1950- mid-to-late 1970’s, the movement began to approach the warning signs of a revolution. Women’s expectations of future employment changed. Woman began to see themselves going on to college and working through their marriages and even attending graduate school. Many however still had brief and intermittent workforce participation, without necessarily having expectations for a ‘career.’ To illustrate, most women were secondary earners, and worked in ‘pink collar jobs’ as secretaries, teachers, nurses, and librarians. Although more women attended college, it was often expected that they attended to find a spouse—the so-called ‘M.R.S. degree.’ Nevertheless, labor force participation by women still grew significantly.

 

The fourth phase, known as the ‘Quiet Revolution,’ began in the late 1970’s and continues on today. Beginning in the 1970’s women began to flood colleges and grad schools. They began to enter professions like medicine, law, dental and business. More women were going to college and expected to be employed at the age of 35, as opposed to past generations that only worked intermittently due to marriage and childbirth. This increase in expectations of long-term gainful employment is reflected in the change of majors adopted by women from the 1970’s on. The percentage of women majoring in education declined beginning in the 1970’s; education was once a popular major for women since it allowed them to step into and out of the labor force when they had children and when their children grew up to a reasonable age at which their mothers did not have to serve primarily as caretakers. Instead majors such as business and management were on the rise in the 1970’s, as women ventured into other fields that were once dominated by men. They experienced an expansion of their horizons and an alteration of what it meant to define their own identity.

 

The reasons for this big jump in the 1970’s has been attributed by some scholars to widespread access to the birth control pill. While ‘the pill’ was medically available in the 1960’s, numerous laws restricted access to it. By the 1970’s, the age of majority (age of adulthood) had been lowered from 21 to 18 in the United States, largely as a consequence of the Vietnam War; this also affected women’s right to affect their own medical decisions. Since it had now become socially acceptable to postpone pregnancy even while married, women had the luxury of thinking about other things, like education and work.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_the_workforce

 

“The 1960’s is a term used by historians, journalists, and other objective academics; in some cases nostalgically to describe the counterculture and revolution in social norms about clothing, music, drugs, dress, formalities, and schooling. Conservatives denounce the decade as one of irresponsible excess, flamboyance, and decay of social order. The decade was also labeled the Swinging Sixties because of the fall or relaxation of social taboos especially relating to …sexism that occurred during that time.

 

The 1960’s became synonymous with the new, radical, and subversive events and trends of this period…Commentator Christopher Booker described this era as a classical Jungian nightmare cycle, where a rigid culture, unable to contain the demands for greater individual freedom, broke free of the social constraints of the previous age through extreme deviation from the norm.

 

In the second half of the decade, young people began to revolt against the conservative norms of the time…this created a ‘counterculture’ that sparked a social revolution through much of the Western world. It began in the United States as a reaction against the conservatism and social conformity of the 1950’s, and the US government’s extensive military intervention in Vietnam. The youth involved in the popular social aspects of the movement became known as hippies. These groups created a movement toward liberation in society, including the sexual revolution, questioning authority and government, and demanding more freedoms and rights for women…”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1960s

 

“In the 21st century historians have increasingly portrayed the 1970’s as a ‘pivot of change’…In the Western world, social progressive values that began in the 1960’s such as…liberty of women, continued to grow.

 

Novelist Tom Wolfe coined the term ‘Me’ decade.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1970s

 

“The early 1900’s in the United States was a time of change in many ways. Until that time, women had been confined to the home in the traditional roles of wife and mother, but their lives began to reflect the growing trend of industrialization and technological change. As a result of these developments, women started entering the workforce in larger numbers, demanding better working conditions and wages, seeking higher education and demanding the right to vote.

 

Many women breaking out of their traditional roles in the early 20th century faced enormous resistance from all levels of society, not the least of which came from other women who insisted they should remain in their traditional roles. Women who demonstrated and fought for labor reform, voting rights, and birth control often faced arrest and discrimination. In 1916, Margaret Sanger was arrested after opening the first birth control clinic in the country.” http://www.ehow.com/info_8248028_lives-women-early-1900s.html

 

“The early 1900’s was the era of the New Woman. The modern woman was seen as self-confident and self-reliant and fit. Madame Yale, a popular beauty lecturer of the era said that the New Woman was ‘a hearty playfellow, a good comrade who rides, walks, rows, golfs, and wouldn’t be guilty of fainting for a kingdom.’ There was an increase in the number of women staying single to pursue careers. About half of all female college graduates in the USA in this era never married.

 

The early 1900’s was an era when women were very active in political reform. A lot of women supported the suffragette movement, and many more were active in the Temperance movement…The newspapers followed this new generation of daring, competent women with avidity.” https://answers.yahoo.com (How did women’s roles change in the early 1900’s?)

 

Consequences of Women’s Liberation from the Home into College and the Workforce

 

Abortion “From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions have occurred in the US. On the average, women give at least 3 reasons for choosing abortion. The very first reason—3/4ths say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities.”

http://www.abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics/

 

Working Mothers“From the beginning of the century, approximately 5 percent of married women were members of the workforce.” http://www.ehow.com/info_8557352_interesting-working-women-1900s.html

 

“Currently 71.3 percent of women with children are in the labor force. In 1975, only two out of every five mothers with a child younger than age 6 held a paid job. As of 2010, 64.2 percent of women with children younger than age 6 were in the labor force, and 61.1 percent of mothers with children younger than age 3 were in the labor force. Between 1970 and 1990, the number of single parent families in the United States doubled, contributing to the greater demand for childcare. On average, children younger than age 5 of working mothers spend 35 hours each week in some type of childcare arrangement.”

http://www.naccrra.org/sites/default/files/default_site_pages/2012/ccgb_mothers_workforce_jan2012.pdf

 

Domestic Violence Against Men “In 2010 40% of the victims of severe, physical domestic violence are men.” http://domesticviolencestatistics.org/men-the-overlooked-victims-of-domestic-violence/“A recent study by Harvard Medical School conducted a survey of 11,000 men and women and found that 50% of the violence was reciprocal. The Harvard study found that when violence was one-sided, meaning unprovoked, both men and women themselves who took the study said 70% of the time it was the women who committed violence against the men.” http://circuloateneainternational.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/harvard-study-says-70-percent-of-domestic-violence-is-committed-by-women-against-men/

 

Divorce Initiated by Wives“Women initiate two-thirds of divorces and far more of the separations, according to a nationally representative study by the American Association of Retired People.”

http://divorcesupport.about.com/b/2012/06/24/why-most-divorces-are-initiated-by-women.htm“It’s the wife who files for divorce in about two-thirds of divorce cases, at least among couples who have children. Throughout most of the 19th century about 60 percent of divorce filings were by women.” http://www.divorce-lawyer-source.com/faq/emotional/who-initiates-divorce-men-or-women.html

 

“According to both the National Center for Health Statistics and an American Law and Economics Review study, in the last decade, among couples who have children, two-thirds of divorce cases are filed by the wife. When both partners are college-educated, wife-initiated divorce filings skyrocket to 90 percent.” http://www.divorceresourcehq.com/divorce-statistics.html

 

Effects of Divorce on Children“Half of all American children will witness the breakup of a parent’s marriage. Of these, close to half will also see the breakup of a parents’ second marriage. One of every 10 will also live through three or more parental marriage breakups. Forty percent of children growing up in America today are being raised without their fathers. Of all children born to married parents this year, fifty percent will experience the divorce of their parents before they reach their 18th birthday. Seventy percent of long-term prison inmates grew up in broken homes. People who come from broken homes are almost twice as likely to attempt suicide than those who do not come from broken homes.” http://www.marriage-success-secrets.com/statistics-about-children-and-divorce.html

 

Drastic Increase in Child Abuse“Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children. A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. More than four children die every day as a result of child abuse.” http://www.childhelp.org/pages/statistics/

 

Homosexuality “Late in the (19th) century, as large cities allowed for greater anonymity, as wage labor apart from family became common, and as more women were drawn out of the home, evidence of a new pattern of homosexual expression surfaced.

 

World War II served as a critical divide in the social history of homosexuality. Large numbers of the young left families, small town, and closely knit ethnic neighborhoods to enter a sex-segregated military or to migrate to larger cities for wartime employment….

 

After the war, many of them made choices designed to support their gay identities.” http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0194028.html

 

Secular Culture Understands History Better Than Most Churches Today

 

Yes, we have come a long way from our Christian roots. Sadly though, I don’t think that the mega church that advertised their I Am Woman conference will be telling their young participants that they should leave college, leave the workforce, go home, learn to be keepers at home, get married, have babies, and homeschool their children so as to prepare a people for the Lord.

 

Now please understand that I have dear friends whom I love who work away from home and who have daughters who go to college and also work. I do not treat them in a condescending manner or condemn them for accepting our cultural norm. They know what I believe from newsletters, workshops, and discussions. They understand my passion for returning mothers and daughters to their cherished role as keepers at home, including my hope for their own family and for our nation. They love me; I love them. I keep writing; I hope they keep reading.

 

What I do condemn is the church’s role in this departure from God’s Word and their failure to preach the truth so that we can return our mothers to the sacred role for which God destined them. It is an apostasy I cannot tolerate.

 

Ironically, the secular culture understands the consequences of women entering the workforce better than most churches today. So what do the consequences of our departure from our roles defined by God’s Word look like in the church? I invite you to look at this video from the I Am Woman conference to see where this has taken women within the church.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/8B_N7nudHWU?rel=0

 

After viewing the video, did you see Rosie the Riveter with her fist clenched and her muscles exposed? Did you hear the attendee who said it was a wild party? Wild is a great description of what happens when man, and in this case, woman, leaves the parameter of God’s Word and does what is right in her own eyes.

 

I actually cried when I saw this video. My friend actually cried when she saw the video. My family just sat in utter shock when they saw it, as they grieved over how far the church has fallen from her honored place in history. One of my sons said no wonder the church has no effect on our culture. If I did not know any better, I would have thought it was a public school spoof. While my daughter said how interesting that they used a circus as the backdrop since a circus is based on tricks and deception.

 

After viewing this video, I think that you should also look at this blog to see exactly what the church is demonstrating for our young women. http://nicolecrank.com/i-just-dont-like-myself

 

That the pastor’s wife, who is a pastor herself, has a ten-year-old daughter who tells her that she looks so stupid, with an eye roll, no less, and that this mother just glossed over her daughter’s damnable sin as nothing unusual so that she could get to her point of focus on self; that it was not until someone said that she looked good, that she thought I am good looking, and gosh darn it, people do like me was absolutely appalling. That she encouraged women to call someone up or text or Facebook or Twitter and give someone a compliment so they feel good about themselves instead of attending to the sins of her daughter to bring her to a knowledge that she is to honor and obey her mother so that she may live long in the land the Lord has given her was absolutely shocking.

 

Our narcissistic nation is in a world of hurt as our culture rapidly descends into barbaric paganism all because our nation’s “Christians” have rejected the authority of God’s Word for humanism where man does whatever is right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25 Mothers are murdering their children over a million each year in the name of choice; more than 200,000 women are active in military duty in the name of equality; 50% of first marriages, 67% of second marriages, and 74% of third marriages end in divorce because everyone has the right to be happy; same sex marriage and polygamy have been legalized in the name of loving acceptance; denial of religious speech is accepted in the name of the fairness doctrine; all while the burgeoning State continues to take control of education, income, prices, wages, industry, genetic engineering, healthcare, and inheritance; and this “pastor” is worrying about how she looks!

 

I Have a Dream

 

One of the speakers said: The reason why it is important to surrender is because God has a plan. The very one who formed you in your mother’s womb, He knows what gifts, abilities, and talents that you have. Why would you not surrender that all to Him?

 

Surrender indeed. That is what God requires of us! We are to surrender to His Word and way. Not just the scriptures we feel like surrendering to, but all of His Word, even being keepers at home. So let us encourage mothers to use those gifts, abilities, and talents in making their homes Christ-centered where His Word permeates all areas of life.

 

The advertisement for the I am Woman conference had the word DREAM written upon it. I, too, have a dream of returning our culture to its ancient boundaries where women are keepers at home. Where women are focused on Christ’s purpose for them defined by scripture that turns their attention away from themselves, and how they look and how they feel, to their families. Where women understand the vast importance of their purpose and duty to God as a helpmate to their husbands. Where women joyfully obey their husbands. Where women love their husbands and children enough to create lovely, beautiful, clean, orderly, welcoming homes where they live, work, and play. Where women love to cook delicious, nutritious meals for their families. Where women love their children and thus train them to honor God by honoring them. Where women diligently disciple their children in the Word of God when they sit in their houses, when they walk by the way and when they lie down and when they rise up—all the time. Where women know the Word and implement it into every area of life so as to build up nations that glorify Christ. This is woman’s glorious purpose for which she was created.

 

Just think how quickly our culture would be blessed once again with peace and prosperity if churches would encourage women to be keepers at home, fathers to be spiritual leaders of their homes, and children to be obedient to their parents, instead of focusing on Me and making Me feel good about Myself.

 

God’s promises of blessings and curses have proven to be true through the ages. One just needs to read history to understand the significance of this. So the next time someone approaches your daughter and grills her as to why she is not pursuing a degree or profession, hand them the statistics from this article with the following scripture.

 

“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” Titus 2:3-5

 

Let us diligently work together to help our culture’s young women faithfully embrace a firm confidence in Christ’s plan for them as keepers at home as the most glorious profession they could ever pursue. Let us pray that they find their value in Christ and not in how they look or what others say. But that they focus their attention on the eternal reward that God has promised through covenantal faithfulness, that they will be filled with His Spirit and thus be filled with joy unspeakable in serving Him by serving their families as He commands in His Word.

 

Please pray that God continue to protect our family from the wiles of the enemy, as he most certainly desires to destroy our own family so he can stop the message we continue to deliver to our families.