Last October, I met Casey Hurley. Casey teaches business law at BYU-Idaho, and she noticed that her business classes had few, if any women, students. This trend disturbed her, and that's why she wrote this article about how women need to be prepared for anything, and how women often under-prepare for the future because they think their husbands will take care of them once they're married.
For many women, the husband-as-sole-provider scenario doesn't turn out to be the case. So many women don't get the education, credentials, experience, and connections they need as prospective employees, and then when they suddenly have a need to provide for their families' financial needs, their families sink into poverty simply because their mothers were unprepared.
When we think about the future, we often are told to live our dreams. I think it's great to be tenacious, to keep striving for whatever will bring us the most happiness. But what if our dreams don't work out? Or if they work out, but only for a while? Or if they work out, but only partway? Or if they change?
That's why I'm convinced that we need to consider all the options as we plan for the future. Hope for the best, but plan for both the best and the worst. We can't assume that money doesn't matter, for example, because someday it might. We can't afford to cut our preparation short once we get married, or have kids, or even when we graduate.
The world is constantly changing. Even if we're out of the work force right now, are we prepared to re-enter it if we should need to or want to? It's great to store food in our basements and pantries, but part of emergency preparedness means making ourselves and our skills current, too.