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