Woman's Place: Options and Limits in Professional Careers

Woman's Place: Options and Limits in Professional Careers

Woman's Place: Options and Limits in Professional Careers

Woman's Place: Options and Limits in Professional Careers

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In the revolution of rising expectations--the struggle for the right to a chance to succeed--decades of silence have been broken by trumpet calls heralding the cause of women. The calls have been few, and most are soft rather than strident; they have given notice of women's hopes for full membership in American society but they have not yet succeeded in rallying mass support. There is more drama and more urgency in the plight of other groups, whose place at the bottom of society has resulted in potentially destructive social tensions. Women's place in society and in the home may have limited their horizons but it has not generated fears for the stability of society.

Furthermore, the public retorts, women are free. They are not downtrodden. They face no formal or legal barriers to any place in society. If they do not hold positions of responsibility and prestige, it is because they do not want them and have chosen to stay out of competition for them. Prestige and honor happen to occur in those domains which are typically male. Although women have pressed for admission to these spheres, once admitted they have expressed a clear preference for their own domain--the home. The home is their first concern, loyalty, and interest--and it is, they agree, their place.

There is a paradox in all this. Although women's place is said to be in the home, never before has it been seen as being so . . .

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