Excerpt from Helps for Ambitious Girls
In preparing this volume the writer has borne in mind the fact that the Ambitious Girl, regarded as a unit, has a home and a mother. It is his belief that the home influence, the mother influence, is of inestimably more importance to her than any wealth or position that she can possibly achieve. That in those comparatively few cases in which Providence has deprived her of these blessings, Providence will, if asked, give her the special guidance of which she is in sore need.
Going into business, into a profession, into work of any kind, does not necessarily sever the home connection. If it did the writer would be one of the first to advise every girl to stay at home. Nothing in life should be allowed to break that connection. Better throw everything to the winds than cut the wire that runs to the home. But the girl who goes away to school does not necessarily cut that wire. Though bodily absent, the home influence is still upon her; and when her going away is for work instead of for education, she may keep that influence still about her if she will. Whether at study or at work, home should be to her the centre of the earth.
No matter where the home is, nor who the homemakers. Though the father delve and the mother dig, their knowledge is incomparably greater than that of the girl fresh from college, and the leader of her class.
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