September 20, 2016
EDITH STEIN, the university professor, philosopher and eventual Carmelite nun, said at a convention in 1930:
Many of the best women are almost overwhelmed by the double burden of professional and family duties — or often simply of gainful employment. Always on the go, they are harassed, nervous and irritable. Where are they to get the needed inner peace and cheerfulness in order to offer stability, support, and guidance to others? In consequence there are daily little frictions with husband and children despite real mutual love and recognition of the other’s merits, hence unpleasantness in the home and the loosening of family ties.
She also stated in the same speech:
Every profession in which woman’s soul comes into its own and which can be formed by woman’s soul is an authentic woman’s profession. The innermost formative principle of woman’s soul is the love which flows from the divine heart.
(Essays on Women, Edith Stein)