Susan Patton Advises College Women To Find A Husband Before Graduation

Susan Patton Advises College Women To Find A Husband Before Graduation

Susan Patton is the mom who set off a firestorm of controversy when she told college coeds to "find a husband."

Savannah Guthrie on the Today show said, “Words of Wisdom? Should young women spend 75% of their time trying to find a man?”

A year ago, Patton wrote a letter to the editor of The Daily Princetonian college newspaper advising the young women of the prestigious university to "Find a husband on campus before you graduate."  Her letter went viral with more than 100 million hits.  

Now, she's written a new book, Marry Smart: Advice for Finding the One.

INSIDE EDITION’s Megan Alexander asked, “Why write this book?”

Patton said, “I see the book very much as the antidote to the feminist doctrine that has been so damaging to young women.”

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Patton, who graduated Princeton in 1977 and is a divorced mother of two, offers some controversial advice in the book, writing: "Until you find a spouse, invest your effort and energy, at least 75% in finding a partner, and 25% in professional development."

Some are finding that difficult to swallow.

Aisha Tyler said on The Talk, “If you are a young woman and your entire strategy in life is to get married and that is going to be everything that you have, you are already setting yourself up for failure, because you never know if your marriage is going to last.”

Patton also advises girls about to enter college to get cosmetic surgery while still in high school. "Prepare yourself to be as socially successful in college as possible. If you require major body work, get it done in high school," she wrote.

Alexander asked, “What about those people that say, ‘She's just encouraging women to get married and not pursue a career?’”

Patton said, “That's not what I'm saying. I absolutely understand the importance of a career. I'm just saying multi-task. Plan for your personal happiness. Your career is wonderful, but the likelihood is that your career at some point will come to an end. Your life doesn't come to an end.”