Managing Success: High-Echelon Careers and Motherhood

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Appendix

One Morning at Anna's Office

My second visit to Anna's office. The first time was an unusually quiet day because most of her colleagues were away at meetings. This time it is a typical day, according to Anna. Her office is on the seventeenth floor. It is medium-sized and modern with a large desk and a beautiful view. When Anna is on the telephone, she swivels her chair around and looks out. There are three comfortable chairs with armrests in her office. A large tree makes up the decoration. A computer locked into the company's "nerve center" is on a low cabinet. Walls are bare; a picture of Michael is on another cabinet. It is a very orderly office, everything neatly stacked in racks.

9:20 A. M. Anna and I arrive almost simultaneously. Call is wait-
ing for her.
9:30 Her secretary comes in with urgent messages. (Anna
has been out of town for a couple of days.) Anna
sorts her mail, arranging it on the desk according to
importance. She starts going through the mail.
9:50 Incoming business call. Brief. She continues to look at mail.
10:00 Leaves office.
10:01 Secretary comes in with folder.
10:04 Anna is back. Calls secretary.

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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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