Harrison Butker, the Kansas City Chiefs kicker, recently made headlines with his commencement speech at Benedictine College, where he emphasized the importance of motherhood and family values.

His message resonated deeply with many but also sparked controversy among those who misinterpreted his advocacy as a denial of women's right to a career.

It’s crucial to clarify that Butker was not undermining women's professional aspirations but rather celebrating the profound value of motherhood, which has been neglected in today's society in favour of career achievement.

In his speech, Butker highlighted the joy and fulfilment that come with marriage and parenthood, arguing that these roles provide a sense of purpose that career success alone might not achieve.

He noted that many women, including his wife Isabelle, find their greatest happiness in embracing their roles as wives and mothers.

Butker’s emphasis on motherhood was not an attempt to confine women to traditional roles but to recognize and honour the unique contributions mothers make to their families and society.

He stated:

"For the ladies present today, congratulations on an amazing accomplishment (of graduation). I want to speak directly to you briefly because I think it is you, the women, who have had the most diabolical lies told to you. ... Some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world, but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world."

 Butker also pointed out the support system that his wife provides, which allows him to excel in his career.

"I’m on this stage today and able to be the man I am because I have a wife who leans into her vocation. I’m beyond blessed with the many talents God has given me. But it cannot be overstated, that all of my success is made possible because a girl I met in band class back in middle school would convert to the faith, become my wife and embrace one of the most important titles of all: homemaker"​.

Public defence of Butker’s stance came from Tavia Hunt, the wife of Chiefs co-owner Clark Hunt.

She stated, "Affirming motherhood and praising your wife, as well as highlighting the sacrifice and dedication it takes to be a mother, is not bigoted. It is empowering to acknowledge that a woman’s hard work in raising children is not in vain".

By bringing attention to motherhood, Butker is advocating for a balanced approach where family values are not sacrificed at the altar of professional success. His stance is a call to acknowledge and honour the multifaceted roles women play, both in the workplace and at home.

He explained, "Isabelle’s dream of having a career might not have come true. But if you ask her today if she has any regrets on her decision, she would laugh out loud without hesitation and say, 'heck no'".

Harrison Butker’s advocacy for the importance of motherhood is not a denial of women's career rights but a celebration of the integral role mothers play in society.

His message is a reminder that family values and professional success are not mutually exclusive.

Embracing motherhood and family life can coexist with career aspirations, leading to a well-rounded and fulfilling life.

Those who are hostile to family values should reconsider their stance, understanding that advocating for motherhood is about recognizing and valuing the diverse contributions of women in all spheres of life.

Harrison Butker has opened up an important discussion.