Homemaking class
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Biblical homemaking

Dorothy Patterson, right, conducts a homemaking class in her dining room for students Donella Cecrle, from left, Heather Dalton, Tamara Latham and Mary Nichols. The course is part of a wider homemaking program open only to women at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. (Rex C. Curry / For The Times)
Suzanne Carroll, from left, Ashley Mills, Emily Joy Felts and Lacey Gaulreaux take part in a homemaking lesson. The program reinforces traditional gender roles with lessons that include cleaning, cooking and how to graciously submit to a husband’s leadership. “My created purpose as a woman is to be a helper. This is a college education that I can use,” Felts says. (Rex C. Curry / For The Times)
Patterson’s lectures focus on God’s visions of womanhood. Her husband Paige Patterson is the college president and both view the homemaking program as a way to further the Christian faith. (Rex C. Curry / For The Times)
Donella Cecrle, foreground, takes notes on a laptop while fellow students Suzanne Carroll, from left, Ashley Mills, Emily Joy Felts, Kristin Lollar and Sarah Babler use the traditional method. Cecrle left a high-paying job that had her traveling the nation selling computer software to stay home and take care of her children. She credits the class with helping restrain her take-charge instincts. “I have to be able to shut my mouth,” she says. (Rex C. Curry / For The Times)
The Bible forms the foundation of the women-only class taught by Patterson. (Rex C. Curry / For The Times)
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