Women Called: A Qualitative Study of Christian Women Dually Called to Motherhood and Career

Volume
Volume 33
Issue
Fall 2005
Title
Women Called: A Qualitative Study of Christian Women Dually Called to Motherhood and Career
Abstract

The intersection between spirituality, motherhood and vocation is largely unexplored in contemporary writing and research. The cultural and religious messages received by women regarding motherhood and vocation often produce complicated dilemmas for women who seek to participate in both domains simultaneously. Even though working mothers represent a significant number of women in America, the stories, themes and voices of deeply spiritual career mothers have been largely silenced in literature. This phenomenological study looks into the lives of eleven Christian women who are mothers working across career disciplines in a liberal arts university setting. Four dominant themes emerged from the analysis, including the meaning of "€œcalling,"€ formative messages, the lived experience, and wisdom for the next generation. Though complex and demanding, overall these women were deeply satisfied and grateful for the opportunity to craft lives fulfilling longings to both motherhood and career. Implications for the community and future research are also addressed.

Authors
T.S. Sellers, J. Batts, K. Thomas and C. Ostman
Pages
198 - 209
Price
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