Mothers might be better role models if more selfish

Here is a quote I am putting into my book  (Strong Girls). It is by Virginia Wolfe in her essay “Professions for Women”

“She was intensely sympathetic. She was immensely charming. She was utterly unselfish.

She excelled in the difficult arts of the family life. She sacrificed herself daily. If there was a chicken she took the leg; if there was s draft, she sat in it—in short she was so constituted that she never had a mind or wish of her own, but preferred to sympathize always with the minds and wishes of others….I did my best to kill her. My excuse, if I were to be had up in a court of law, would be that I acted in self-defense. Had I not killed her, she would have killed me.”

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