Sex Roles

, Volume 58, Issue 7–8, pp 526–534 | Cite as

The Baby Blanket or the Briefcase: The Impact of Evangelical Gender Role Ideologies on Career and Mothering Aspirations of Female Evangelical College Students

  • Colleen Warner ColanerEmail author
  • Steven M. Giles
Original Article


This study examines the relationship between the Evangelical gender role ideologies termed Complementarianism and Egalitarianism and mothering and career aspirations among Evangelical female college students. We surveyed 134 women from two colleges in the United States, one in the Midwest and one in the South. Using a cross-sectional, self-report survey design, we examined the interaction between career aspirations and mothering aspirations as well as the impact of Evangelical gender role ideologies on both types of aspirations. Results indicated that career and home aspirations were negatively correlated. Mothering aspirations were shown to be significantly affected by conservative gender role ideology. These findings suggest that aspirations for one’s mothering role may be influenced by ideological positions.


Gender role ideologies Evangelical women Career aspirations Mothering aspirations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Communication StudiesUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA
  2. 2.Department of CommunicationWake Forest UniversityWinston SalemUSA

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