Joan: It was my choice, not to go. He [her new husband] would have supported it.
Katherine: But you don't have to choose!
Joan: No, I have to. I want a home, I want a family! That's not something I'll sacrifice.
Katherine: No one's asking you to sacrifice that, Joan. I just want you to understand that you can do both.
Joan: Do you think I'll wake up one morning and regret not being a lawyer?
Katherine: Yes, I'm afraid that you will.
Joan: Not as much as I'd regret not having a family, not being there to raise them. I know exactly what I'm doing and it doesn't make me any less smart. This must seem terrible to you.
Katherine: I didn't say that.
Joan: Sure you did. You always do. You stand in class and tell us to look beyond the image, but you don't. To you a housewife is someone who sold her soul for a center hall colonial. She has no depth, no intellect, no interests. You're the one who said I could do anything I wanted. This is what I want.
I have always been torn with this movie, because I kinda fell into the world of career woman, it's not something I chose from the beginning. I have to justify our choice to adopt EVERY SINGLE DAY because classmates wonder why I am getting an advanced degree if I am planning on just staying at home eventually. And I know when I first saw the movie I was thinking "it's how people see BYU: a 'finishing school disguised as a college' and that all the women are at BYU 'just biding their time until somebody purposes'" which both are quotes from the movie. But I love Joan's attitude! Being a homemaker is a proud role, and all you moms out there should not be ashamed of choosing it! You're smart, beautiful, and know you are not sacrificing anything by making that choice to have and raise children! People may look at women with conservative values and think that because they are at home because they have no depth, intellect, or interests. I was talking with a friend and she was depressed because, I think, she started to believe that malarkey! That she had nothing to offer beyond changing diapers and having dinner on the table by 5pm. These are truly important things, but I plead with you not to lose your intellect, depth, and interests or you're only proving the world's point: that you "sold [your] soul for a single hall colonial." Continue to read, learn, study, develop talents, and don't squander the blessing it is to teach your children how to do the same! Many women don't have that chance because of financial or health reasons, so don't forget that you chose this because this is what you want!
Going to graduate school has done so much more to help me realize my potential that I did not know I was capable of and gave me confidence to pursue dreams I didn't know I had before. Ya know what's awesome though? Many of you don't need to go to graduate school to discover all those things, just don't forget how much you love to discover, learn, create, and especially that you want to be a stay-at-home-mom because you know that "motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind. It places her who honors its holy calling and service next to the angels." (Quote found here.)
Be proud of your divine calling and don't give those who don't believe in it's divinity any reason to doubt it!!