Journal of Undergraduate Research


working LDS mother, cultural anomaly, stay-at-home mom


Fine Arts and Communications




The week after I graduated with my bachelor’s degree I gave birth to my first child. The idea of being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) appealed to me, but I wasn’t ready to give up my professional goals and aspirations to be a SAHM just because that is the typical path of the LDS woman. Amid the rise in feminism and push for women to break away from traditional roles and achieve more in the workplace, and the LDS Church’s increased emphasis on the divinity of the family and motherhood, I knew I couldn’t be the only young LDS woman seeking to balance professional goals and aspirations with the sacred role of mother and nurturer. My project was an investigation into the lifestyle, motives, and difficulties of the LDS working mother that I put together into a website for my capstone project for the BYU journalism program.

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