Controversial words indeed were spoken by Girls’ Day School Trust head Helen Fraser, who believes marriage is a vital stepping stone towards achieving the best in life.
Choosing the right partner, she claims, can be the difference between a woman enjoying a successful career and woman feeling forced to give up her successful career to have children. Ms Fraser, 63, believes that if a woman wants a career as well as children, she will need a supportive partner willing to take his share of the domestic duties.
At the trust’s 140th annual conference in London last week, Ms Fraser reflected on how far women’s rights have come, posing the idea that the walls of inequality need to be pushed further by the younger generations if we are ever to create a fair environment for both genders.
Ms Fraser has suggested that schools cap the number of GCSE subjects students take in order to squeeze important life-skill lessons into the curriculum.
Should education be limited to the pages of textbooks? Shouldn’t it encompass all aspects of life and prepare young people for life outside the comfort of the classroom? Ms Fraser eloquently described knowledge as ‘a slow casserole, stewing in our minds to form a richer, deeper flavour.’
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