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‘Marriage’ Is Not a Dirty Word for College Women

Susan Patton, a Princeton alumna, wrote a letter to the campus newspaper last week encouraging undergraduate women to take their personal lives seriously while at the elite university. The furor caused by this bit of motherly advice is absurd, and underscores the zero-sum game—career success or marital happiness—that older women want to impose on a new generation.

As educators, parents, and role models, we encourage college women to prioritize their education and careers because we know how impo…