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Opinion | Vaccine Resistance Among Evangelicals

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To the Editor:

Re “White Evangelical Resistance Is Obstacle in Vaccination Effort” (front page, April 5):

I’m 69 years old and have had both my shots, and I thank God for that. I feel blessed to live in this country, where our government makes it so easy to get vaccinated for free. I compare my situation to people who live in poor countries where they may have to wait seemingly forever to get vaccinated.

It must be nice to know you can get the shots when you want to, and have the luxury to refuse and feel self-righteous about your decision. These people don’t realize how incredibly lucky they are.

Charles Sawyer
Phoenix

Women and Role Models

To the Editor:

Re “Rethink Your Notion of Female Role Models” (At Home, March 28):

Yes, encourage young women to rethink these role models. Paralysis ensues when success seems attached to perfectly formed humans. Indeed, there’s greater motivation from a work in progress.

But let’s go one big step further: Look for role models who reveal the challenges of work versus family and who have the confidence to assert their own brand of ambition and success. The idea that role models are only those who have achieved stratospheric career success or who are moving toward it is severely flawed.

Women have up to four jobs — a paid one, plus caring for children, aging parents and households — with little bandwidth for trophy careers. The most realistic role model is a woman who finds flexible ways to continually blend work and family, always building her own and her family’s long-term financial security.

No title of chief executive, head of country leadership or gold medal necessary.

Kathryn A. Sollmann
Wilton, Conn.
The writer is the author of “Ambition Redefined: Why the Corner Office Doesn’t Work for Every Woman & What to Do Instead.”

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