The National Catholic Register has an article about the declining numbers of women entering religious life.
In the article, there is one striking line, “So often I’ve heard women say, ‘I could do what some religious are doing [and stay] at home.’”
I think that is precisely what many women are thinking. I know that is what I thought when I was considering religious life. There was only one order that really attracted me. Since I recieved no support from either clergy or family I abandoned discernment and focused on lay ministry.