Managing Success: High-Echelon Careers and Motherhood

Managing Success: High-Echelon Careers and Motherhood

Managing Success: High-Echelon Careers and Motherhood

Managing Success: High-Echelon Careers and Motherhood

Synopsis

-- Michael Schoenfeldt, Studies in English Literature

Excerpt

Successful career women who are also wives and mothers belong to a small minority of American working women. Yet they have caught the attention of the media to an extraordinary extent and are a frequent topic of discussion, often of a contradictory nature. Tagged with such labels as "Superwoman," "The Total Woman," and "The Woman Who Has It All," women of this kind are held in awe, envied, admired, and criticized. They live on the cutting edge of change.

Women in the success subculture described in this book are a microcosm of a societal drama taking place in today's America. Their lives are very different from what stereotypes and myths tell us is proper for women. Their major advantage is their sizable income, which to some degree frees them to experiment, to wrest themselves loose from old expectations and to create new ones for themselves as career women, wives, mothers, and social beings. They do not have role models--nor do their husbands. the families share in the experimentation.

The drama is created by forces--economic, political, psychological, historical, cultural, and institutional--that are involved in a complex power play, intricately affecting and reshaping one another. Research by women on women is proliferating, on women's psychology and role in the family and in the society. the psychology of women is being re-

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