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

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A New Look at Women Making Decisions

I'm very aware how I'm feeling about something and then I have to check out some factual stuff, then talk about it and get in some kind of a balance between thought and feeling and reality and how it might work Out. I also have to take responsibility for that decision, either the events or impact or consequences of those decisions; I don't mean "responsibility" in a heavy, dramatic way, I mean if you make decisions you take responsibility for them.

Agnes, Age 44, 1990

I always say to my boys, my husband, and the men I work with, "Where would you be without women?" I pity a man left without his wife far more than I would pity a woman left without her husband. I really do think that men could never survive without women.

Mona, Age 43, 1990

I particularly admire women who don't put themselves into categories, who stand for their own beliefs, even though some would say those beliefs may be quite contradictory.

Moira, Age 27, 1990

This study examined themes in women's decision-making. The exploration took a sample of women and asked about the considerations they took into account when making decisions, largely within the context of the family. The study took the newer, more positive view of women's development, which emphasizes women's flexibility, contextualism, inclusive

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