The Context of Opportunity
Throughout this volume customary assumptions about women have been challenged. By looking at women's lives in a holistic fashion, we have corroborated data from other studies and elaborated new directions. The bringing together of evidence from achievement and affiliative realms has served the purpose of overturning stereotypic notions about women's identities and lives. Through examination of both the personal and the professional development of the same women, we have gathered a fuller picture of where women have come from and where they are headed.
This book has placed women's psychological development within the context of social change. Connections between female development to date and future directions can be clarified by reviewing the premises of this study and placing them within the current sociopolitical context of opportunity in this country.
This book has been about the interaction between individual psychological development and social change. We know that people have been shaped by their environment, both immediate and larger. Over the past three decades human rights movements have significantly altered