Stay-at-home daughter

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The stay-at-home daughter (SAHD) movement is a subset of the biblical patriarchy and biblical womanhood movements, particularly within the United States. Adherents believe that "daughters should never leave the covering of their fathers until and unless they are married."[1] This means preparing to be a wife and mother, as well as eschewing a university education. According to Kendra Weddle Irons and Melanie Springer Mock, for most stay-at-home daughters this involves a focus on the "domestic arts" such as cooking, cleaning and sewing.[2] The movement, however, emphasizes women who are "educated, empowered, and strong".[1] Julie Ingersoll suggests that the purpose of stay-at-home daughters is to "learn to assist their future husbands as helpmeets in their exercise of dominion by practicing that role in their relationship with their father."[3]

The key pioneers of this movement are the Botkin sisters, Anna Sofia and Elizabeth, who in 2005 wrote So Much More: The Remarkable Influence of Visionary Daughters on the Kingdom of God.[1] The Botkins have noted, however, that "Christian Young Womanhood" is "not about staying at home".[4]

Gina McGalliard argues that "most stay-at-home daughters can't truly be said to have chosen this lifestyle" since they "are often brought up in homes where feminism, college, and a woman's independent choices are vilified."[5]


  1. ^ a b c Prior, Karen Swallow (20 December 2010). "What Is the Stay-at-Home Daughters Movement?". Christianity Today. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  2. ^ Irons, Kendra Weddle; Mock, Melanie Springer (2015). If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood and Becoming All God Meant for You to Be. Chalice Press. p. 120. ISBN 9780827216709. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  3. ^ Ingersoll, Julie J. (2015). Building God's Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstructionism. Oxford University Press. p. 153.
  4. ^ Botkin, Anna Sofia; Botkin, Elizabeth. "It's Not About Staying At Home". Western Conservatory of the Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  5. ^ McGalliard, Gina (4 November 2010). "House Proud: The troubling rise of stay-at-home daughters". Bitch. Retrieved 22 April 2016.