Managing Success: High-Echelon Careers and Motherhood

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Functioning: The "I" vs. The Sustaining Crowd

As widely different as these women are as people, there is something recognizable about them that you quickly sense in the way they talk, the way they manage themselves and their surroundings. It's like recognizing an accent from a different region or another subculture than your own. The first time you wander into the world of successful career women who are mothers as well, especially if your professional life has been spent as a social work psychotherapist and the last decade with one foot in the world of academe, you literally feel you have arrived in a strange country inhabited by very strange people. They even seem to speak a different language. You walk around wide-eyed, asking questions based on experiences from your own subculture which make no sense to them at all. They take pity on you and try to explain, but their language is hard to comprehend. You ask about problems; they stare at you, repeating: "Problems? What problems? There are no problems. Only opportunities." They shake their heads in a bewildered fashion at similarly obtuse questions. "Overwhelmed? What do you mean? You just do it, that's all." You go back to your own world and talk about these strange beings and are told very

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Portraits of the Main Informants 13
  • 2 - Functioning: The I" Vs. the Sustaining Crowd" 27
  • 3 - The Husbands 55
  • 4 - Financial Arrangements 75
  • 5 - Maternity and the Child 83
  • 6 - The Green Card Ladies" and the Nursemaid" 119
  • 7 - Social Activity and the Country House 131
  • 8 - Summary 147
  • Appendix 163
  • Bibliography 177
  • Index 183
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