Editor’s note: Kathleen Gerson, author of “The Unfinished Revolution: Coming of Age in a New Era of Gender, Work, and Family,” is collegiate professor of sociology at New York University and a founding board member of the Work-Family Researchers Network.

(CNN) — When Susan Patton, a Princeton alumna, advised in an open letter that Princeton coeds find a husband before they graduate, she provoked an avalanche of responses that span the spectrum from “good idea” to “no way.”

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