Well, this is outrageous: While giving a commencement speech at an Indiana high school, social studies teacher Peter Heck told graduating students: “We don’t need more women CEOs; we need more women as invested mothers.”
Heck, how about both? [Yeah, I went there with that awful pun.] That’s the really nifty thing about a large and multifaceted society like ours: Some women can become CEOs, some women can become invested mothers and some women—are you ready to have your mind blown?—can even become both. At the same time.
Seriously, it’s shocking, I know, but neither do women’s ovaries shrivel up when they enter a boardroom, nor do they stop giving a hoot about their offspring as soon as they get a corner office. Female CEOs (as well as lady lawyers, graphic designers, truckers, bloggers, nurses, sales reps, etc.) are not only physically capable of bearing children but also still capable of loving and caring for them. It’s almost like women are much like men, who have long been both fathers and workers without everyone’s heads exploding.
But let’s not get carried away here. That bit about men and women not actually being from different planets might be a little much for Heck, who started his little spiel by reducing women to their wombs and wedding vows.
“I challenge you to devote yourself to your families and your children. If you choose to have a career, God’s blessings upon you. But I challenge you to recognize what the world scoffs at, that your greatest role in your life will be that of wife and mother. The greatest impact you could ever contribute to our world is a loving investment in the lives of your precious children. To solve the problems plaguing our society, we don’t need more women CEOs. We need more women as invested mothers.
Perhaps Heck should consider speaking at junior-high commencements in the future; think how many more years all those 13-year-olds would have to devote themselves to their greatest role in life if they didn’t have all those pesky algebra and geology classes getting in the way. You don’t need a diploma to change diapers, girls! I smell a speaking tour ….
In an interview with RTV6 Indiana, Heck defended his comments by noting that he also told high school boys to be “fierce defenders of their wives” and family providers. If those high school women want to have careers, “by golly, that’s what they should do,” he added. By golly!
“I was addressing both the ladies in the audience and the men, stressing to them that the most important role any of us will ever have is the role that we play in our families,” Heck said. “I was simply saying to the women as well that the most important role they will ever have … is investing in the lives of your children and raising them.”
Photo via Peter Heck’s website.