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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Advice for the Women of Princeton

PrincetonThe Daily Princetonian: Advice for the Young Women of Princeton: The Daughters I Never Had, by Susan A. Patton (President of the Class of 1977):

Forget about having it all, or not having it all, leaning in or leaning out — here’s what you really need to know that nobody is telling you. ...

For most of you, the cornerstone of your future and happiness will be inextricably linked to the man you marry, and you will never again have this concentration of men who are worthy of you.

Here’s what nobody is telling you: Find a husband on campus before you graduate. Yes, I went there. ...

Smart women can’t (shouldn’t) marry men who aren’t at least their intellectual equal. As Princeton women, we have almost priced ourselves out of the market. Simply put, there is a very limited population of men who are as smart or smarter than we are. And I say again — you will never again be surrounded by this concentration of men who are worthy of you.

Of course, once you graduate, you will meet men who are your intellectual equal — just not that many of them. And, you could choose to marry a man who has other things to recommend him besides a soaring intellect. But ultimately, it will frustrate you to be with a man who just isn’t as smart as you. ...

If I had daughters, this is what I would be telling them.

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Don't overlook this fair and balanced interview of Susan Patton by Megyn Kelly of Fox News:

Susan Patton Defends Op-Ed Urging Female Princeton Students to Find a Husband Before Graduating

Posted by: Woody | Apr 2, 2013 6:19:46 PM

"Smart women shouldn't marry men who aren't their intellectual equal." Why not? My wife did precisely that and it seems to have worked out well for her.

Posted by: michael livingston | Apr 3, 2013 3:13:27 AM

Princetonian women don't go to grad school? I think you're more likely to find an intellectual equal in a graduate or professional program.

Posted by: HTA | Apr 3, 2013 8:07:32 AM