ERIC Number: ED056335
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Female Identity and Occupational Commitment.
Cowan, Gloria; Moore, Loretta
This study is concerned with the relationship between career orientation, choice of a predominantly masculine or feminine field, and feminine self-concept. It was predicted that career oriented women would see themselves as less feminine than noncareer oriented women and that women aspiring to predominantly male fields would see themselves as less feminine than women aspiring to predominantly female fields. A sample of 300 women completed and returned a questionnaire. The most striking finding was that women who aspire to male-dominated fields see themselves as less feminine than the traditionalists and also want to be less feminine than women oriented toward the more traditionally female fields. There were some trends in the data to indicate that women who are not career oriented show more discrepancy between the real and ideal feminine self concept. In general, on the female valued items, women would like to be more feminine than they believe themselves to be and on the male valued items, they would like to be more masculine than they believe themselves to be. (RK)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI.
Note: Paper presented at American Psychological Association Convention, Denver, Colo., April 2-4, 1971