A Handbook for Women Mentors: Transcending Barriers of Stereotype, Race, and Ethnicity

A Handbook for Women Mentors: Transcending Barriers of Stereotype, Race, and Ethnicity

A Handbook for Women Mentors: Transcending Barriers of Stereotype, Race, and Ethnicity

A Handbook for Women Mentors: Transcending Barriers of Stereotype, Race, and Ethnicity

Synopsis

This perceptive and practical guide explores the growing phenomenon of successful women serving as mentors to other women in academia or in professional careers.

• Contributors are internationally distinguished scholars from psychology and anthropology who have served as role models and women mentors to countless mentees

• Helpful indexes for gender, racial, ethnic, and religious/spiritual issues

Excerpt

Mentoring has a long history but has been generally male oriented. Yet within the last few decades, we have witnessed an extraordinary upturn in the number of women pursuing higher education, engaging in the workplace, entering new careers, and taking on nontraditional roles. This suggests a need for a new and more affirming sensitivity to the interests of women in regard to mentoring. These chapters meet this need by providing new understandings of the process of mentoring as it relates specifically to women.

This book is written by women who bring insights about both the theoretical and practical, hands-on aspects of mentoring. They delve into history and note the changing social scene with a special concern for the culture the mentors and their mentees occupy. Their writings cover a spectrum of ethnocultural backgrounds and experiences that are usually not considered. Although each mentoring event is unique, they note the importance of mentors being aware of the differing backgrounds and experiences of their mentees and vice versa. They write about the ways stereotypes and perceptions, or misperceptions, influence the mentor–mentee relationship.

The authors cover the various forms of mentoring, ranging from the traditional one-on-one process to peer to community situations. A particular focus of some of the chapters is proposing new models of mentoring, including a feminist approach that is relational, supportive, and interactive in contrast to a usual linear, hierarchical model.

The chapters are innovative and comprehensive, covering all aspects of mentoring for women. Some of the information will be well known to some. But, no matter how well informed, the reader will, in all likelihood, find new understandings and insights about the role of mentoring for women.

Bonnie R. Strickland

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