In this book, first published in 1971, the authors show from first-hand studies of family and working life (and with evidence from many countries, including the socialist societies of Eastern Europe) the nature of the discrimination facing women in the professions – and how various family and employment patterns might contribute to solving it. Their point is not that some new stereotype should be substituted for traditional views of the role of husbands and wives: different patterns fit different situations.
Part 1. Introduction 1. The Special Problem of Women’s Promotion to Top Jobs Part 2. An International Review of Experience 2. The Experience of Eastern Europe 3. The Experience of Western Countries: Ideologies and Trends 4. The Experience of Western Countries: Emergence of a New Accent Part 3. Studies of Family and Work Careers 5. The Conceptual Framework of the Research 6. Work Careers 7. Family Patterns and Work 8. Career Pathways: What Produces the Work-Prone Woman? 9. The Reconciliation of Work and Family Life: the Dual-Career Family Part 4. Occupational Prospects 10. The Occupational Studies 11. Women’s Performance on the Job 12. Adapting Employment Practices to Women’s Life Cycle Part 5. Conclusions 13. The Enquiry’s Findings and the Future