Women of Academe: Outsiders in the Sacred Grove

Women of Academe: Outsiders in the Sacred Grove

by Nadya Aisenberg, Mona Harrington
     
 

ISBN-10: 0870236075

ISBN-13: 9780870236075

Pub. Date: 04/22/1988

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

Drawing on more than sixty interviews, this book examines women's struggle to gain authority in the academic profession and to use that 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

Overview

Drawing on more than sixty interviews, this book examines women's struggle to gain authority in the academic profession and to use that 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. These norms decreed a sharp division between public and private realms, assigning men to public duties, women to private, men to intellectual pursuits, women to emotional and relational ones.

Although the strict division of roles is eroding, prejudices about women's "lesser" intellectual power still operate, subtly but effectively, through a two-tiered system of responsibility. The top tier exercises the real authority and consists almost exclusively of men. The bottom tier carries out supportive functions and consists of some men and nearly all the profession's women, who also carry the major burden of private and familial responsibilities.

Making excellent use of interviews, the authors explore in vivid detail how this two-tiered system works and the variety of ways in which academic women have responded to "the rules of the game."

University of Massachusetts Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870236075
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
04/22/1988
Series:
Women in Academics
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.93(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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