ImAli, on 20 June 2012 - 07:46 AM, said:
I can tell you the purpose of my education! If anything ever happens to my marriage due to divorce or me becoming a widow I can easily get a job in the health care industry. Then I won't have to just take any man who comes along......I will be able to support myself and my children.....and I wont' have to rely on welfare or hand outs.
The absolute necessity of modern education for females in our times is even more justified in societies/countries where state welfare or hand outs are nonexistent. (In fact, looking at the bigger picture, only a few people in the world have access to state benefits of such kind).
Imagine having to spread your bowl in front of the extended family or friends. Even if those unfortunate one get some support, they loose their self-respect and independence. Not a life worth living.
Whether men go for higher education or not, girls must get complete formal education with employable skills, even if they don't immediately start a 'career'. They can always use their education to stand on their feet if need arises. A Masters or equivalent should be bare minimum.
One of your scenarios (death of the husband) became true in the case of my mother. She had no degrees to rely on and no employable skills to count on, but thanks to my father who left us with enough assets so that we remained independent and self-sufficient throughout our collective family life. But this is an exception. Very few have properties and bank balance to spend without havng an earning hand over a long period of time.