In 2005 it is normal to hear young women describe their goals for the future in terms of exciting careers they plan to pursue. These girls most likely also desire to be wives and mothers, but today it seems more appropriate to announce career goals first.
-- Shirley Klein, http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=8958&x=66&y=6
I remember when I was young and at some point it became inappropriate to answer, "I want to be a mom" when asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
I think that is a big part of why I pushed mothering waaay ahead into my future -- so far away that when I got to the point that I probably should have started having children, I was really afraid to. Why would I want to do something hard like have children? Then I can't do what I want anymore.
As I raise my girls, I hope I can give them a good impression of mothering where they will want to put it first. Of course, I want them to have the legal freedom to have a career (and be paid the same as a man), but I hope they choose first to raise a family.