ERIC Number: ED175294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Career Patterns of Female Professors in West Berlin Institutions of Higher Education.
Cassara, Beverly B.
The career patterns of 30 women professors in West Berlin were studied to compare the pace of progress of American female academics and to raise the consciousness of women for each other and for the situation of women in West Berlin universities. The data revealed that the West Berlin universities are male-dominated and resistant to change. Women who have succeeded in most cases, have played their roles according to the traditional male definition. Among differences noted in the roles and status of West Berlin faculty and administrators as compared to their American counterparts was that the position of administrator was not at the top of the academic ladder, but rather in another career ladder altogether. It is shown that there is virtually no organized feminist group in West Germany; those few women from the sample who were actively working for the equality of women were met with frustration and the disruption of their careers. Most of the women saw the movement as useless, at least in their lifetimes. The women studied all had similar family expectations, a comfortable financial basis, an upper middle class outlook on life, and a notable absence of brothers. The women came to their careers in one of three ways--five of the women knew what they wanted, studied, and entered their chosen fields; six studied a subject of their own choosing, without any particular career goals; and the remaining 19 were unable to study the career of their own choosing, usually for sexist or sex-related reasons. Eight of the women married; most elected not to have children. Most of the women had male role models. (PHR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: West Germany (Berlin)