Women's Decision-Making: Common Themes-- Irish Voices

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Influences of One's Mother on Decision-Making

She took over (she was that type of woman, too) and made decisions and seeing her at the helm gave me the feeling that I could do that too; she never believed in changing course in mid-stream; that sort of solidarity in our home, with her at the helm, sort of influenced me and helped me to get on in a similar way. She, in her day, would have weighed up everything and would have decided that the course she was taking was the right course.

Margaret, Age 71, 1990

She always gave the impression that she never made decisions; in back of it all she was making the decisions; she always got what she wanted; she had a quiet way of getting what she wanted and, at the same time, keeping everyone happy and thinking that they're doing what they wanted to do. She was making up your mind for you in her own quiet way.

Maureen, Age 36, 1990

My mother taught me to be sensible about decisions--and open- minded.

Tara, Age 16, 1990

My mother has influenced me an awful lot and I hope in the right ways. I've always found that she's looking at the other side. If I say something very one-sided she'll tell me what the other side is; she's got a very sound way of looking at things from both sides and when she's making decisions she thinks about all the possibilities. . . . I think it's the way she's brought me up--to take a balanced approach.

Irene, Age 13, 1990

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