Drawing on more than sixty interviews, this book examines women's struggle to gain authority in the academic profession and to use the at authority to change conventional practices. The authors argue that as women rise in academe, they are stymied at a certain level by the remaining force of the old norms which in the past barred women from professional life altogether.
In this illuminating study, Aisenberg (The Dream of Deliverance in American Politics) and Harrington, a lawyer and political science instructor at Vassar, identify ``a battery of danger points common to the experience of women seeking professional autonomy and authority'' in academia and warn that female intellectuals may undermine their own career advancement by refusing to follow the ``rules of the game.'' Interviews with 62 academics indicate that women seldom receive effective career counseling; fail to develop career strategies (five- and 10-year plans); neglect to establish professional credentials early on (e.g., submitting thesis papers for publication); are unfamiliar with networking; and shun self-promotion as calculated, even cold-blooded manipulation. Most cherish the ``merit dream,'' the belief that political expediency is beneath Ivory Tower purity. Even the tenured professor is loath to exercise her voice of authority, once attained, fearing stigmatization as a shrew. The authors offer concrete approaches to professionalization (e.g., gain practice in political skills through volunteer work) that will benefit women outside the academic community as well. (April) UFunder
Women have long been subservient to men regardless of the lip service paid to equality; old stigmas still exist. Supported by over 60 interviews, the authors examine the old rules and the struggle of women to gain recognition in the academic profession. Their conclusions offer thoughts on what women should do; the possible actions provide no real solutions for individuals but collectively motivate and stimulate self-esteem. A definitive, thought-provoking study. Recommended. L.R. Little, Penticton P.L., British Columbia
Drawing on more than 60 interviews, this book examines women's struggle to gain authority in the academic profession and to use that authority to change conventional practices. Paper $10.95. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)