Managing Lives: Corporate Women and Social Change

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III
CONNECTIONS AND CONTEXT

The first two parts of this book focused, respectively, on the professional and personal development of women with careers in corporate organizations. In Part I we learned from firsthand testimony how these women's careers began and evolved. The women interviewed gave us access not only to what had transpired in their work lives but to what they had made of it.

In Part I we became familiar also with the women themselves through their descriptions of their career development. As they chronicled their work lives, they talked about themselves: what work means to them, how they planned and strategized, how mobility affects them, and what they did and might do as managers.

Explicitly concerned with personal development, Part 2 pursued the women as people apart from profession. Areas of inquiry were not totally separate from career context, but concentration was on the development of personal characteristics and their relation to social change in women's lives. We once again benefited from their thoughtful responses, as they discussed self-images that shifted with time and experience, families that influenced them in various ways, and the joys and dilemmas associated with marriage and children. Events were given meaning by women's perceptions and interpretations, thereby expanding our knowledge of their diverse lives beyond the bare bones of objective data.

Although we have separated the personal from the professional to some extent in our discussions, we have also noted how intertwined they are. When women

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 3
  • I - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 17
  • 1 - Work 19
  • 2 - Career Planning 34
  • 3 - Mobility 54
  • 4 - Managing 70
  • II - Confidence 95
  • 5 - Self 97
  • 6 - Family 122
  • 7 - Marriage and Children 140
  • III - CONNECTIONS AND CONTEXT 171
  • 8 - Relation between the Personal and the Professional 173
  • 9 - Females in Male Organizations 191
  • 10 - The Context of Opportunity 217
  • Appendix 229
  • Notes 235
  • Index 257
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