Women and Work: A Societal Challenge

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1159–1162. Reviews four books The Third Sex: The New Professional Woman by Patricia A McBroom (1992); Work and Family: Policies for a Changing Work Force by Marianne A Ferber and Brigid O'Farrell (1991); The Organizational Woman: Power and Paradox by Beth J. Haslett, Florence L. Geis, and Mae R Carter (1992) and Juggling: The Unexpected Advantages of Balancing Career and Home for Women and Their Families by Faye J Crosby (1991). Although the four books reviewed here vary widely in scope and focus, each addresses issues that have emerged as a result of the rapid influx of women into the paid labor force. Two (Haslett, Geis, and Carter, McBroom) focus on the personal and professional challenges that corporate women confront in a male into the paid labor for dominated work environment in which sexism has cast a long shadow. The each remaining two (Ferber and O'Farrell, Crosby) define the challenges more broadly as not just women's but also society's. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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