Friday, 6 January 2017


In this 7 part series, we will see the origins of the feminist movement and how it goes against God and His teachings on the ministry of wife and mother... and we will see how the seeds of discontent were sown for women and why the abortion industry has flourished..

Jessie Bernard (1903–1996), U.S. sociologist and feminist. Born Jessie Sarah Ravitch in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Jewish-Romanian immigrants, Bernard received B.A. (1923) and M.A. (1924) degrees from the University of Minnesota. Her M.A. thesis was entitled "Changes of Attitudes of Jews in the First and Second Generation." In 1935 Bernard earned a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. 

In some of her work Bernard collaborated with her husband, Luther Lee Bernard, a professor of sociology whom she had met at the University of Minnesota. Bernard spent many years on the faculties of Washington University and Pennsylvania State University. In her early career she researched issues relating to Jewish life. Later, her concerns focused on the family, sexuality, and gender. 

In her sixties Bernard became an ardent advocate of feminism; she was an influential figure who was regarded as a role model for younger women. She served as president of the Eastern Sociological Association and president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems; in retirement Bernard was a visiting professor at Princeton University. 

Among awards established in her name are the Jessie Bernard Wise Women Award of The Center for Women's Policy Studies and The American Sociological Association's Jessie Bernard Award for scholarly works dealing with the role of women in society, presented at the group's annual meeting. Among Bernard's publications are Academic Women (1964); The Future of Marriage (1972); The Future of Motherhood (1975); and The Female World (1981). Bernard's books were often best sellers and frequently controversial. The Future of Marriage, for example, concluded that, while men thrived emotionally in marriage, women were oppressed.

Here is a snippet of this sad woman's thoughts:  “[The] housewife is a nobody, and [housework] is a dead-end job. It may actually have a deteriorating effect on her mind…rendering her incapable of prolonged concentration on any single task. [She] comes to seem dumb as well as dull. [B]eing a housewife makes women sick.” —  in The Future of Marriage, 1982.
Here we see a woman striving to emancipate women to the point of telling them that if they are domestic, they must be stupid. And if they persist in being domestic, they will become sick... Sadly, a woman who feels led to be a Proverbs 31 or Titus 2 wife, is made to feel inferior if she doesn't succumb to the pressure of being employed outside the home... There are many women today who feel guilty because of her teachings..  

© Glenys Robyn Hicks

Isaiah 3:11-13 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him. As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. The LORD standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.


  1. I remember hearing about her in the 80's in my mom's magazines. So glad my mom disagreed with feminism! A friend recently told me my mom was the reason she decided to stay at home with her own children - she was her role model. What a difference being at home makes! Thanks for your notes on this. I wonder what happened that made this woman detest homemaking so much.

    1. Apparently she was of the belief that women were oppressed by marriage. Her works I believe contributed to wives being dissatisfied in their calling by writing that not only did marriage oppress us, but that we were dumb as well as dull. Clearly, she went against everything God said was good.. not even taking into account the Torah's teachings in Proverbs 31 which as a Jew, she would have read. It is sad that women today, even in the Church, are buying her claptrap writings... thanks for commenting, Janine.


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