ERIC Number: ED232180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug-8
Reference Count: 0
A Panel Study of Women Newspaper Managers: Their Goals and Achievement Orientation.
Sohn, Ardyth B.
A study of women newspaper managers was conducted to learn how clear women are about the professional progress they hope to achieve and to find out what kinds of personal factors might be limiting their efforts. The 59 subjects, participants at management training sessions, were screened for qualifications, future aspirations, and past accomplishments. Most of the subjects were editorial managers with college degrees, in a mid-level management job which they had held for two years or less. Over half of the women were single, with 25% never having been married. In addition, 71% were childless. These latter demographics establish that for most women the affiliatory responsibilities of marriage and children were not diverting factors. Although 66% felt they had made sacrifices for the job, only 7% resented making them. Of the 77 individual sacrifices listed, most dealt with affiliatory needs or responsibilities, particularly failed or undeveloped relationships. Most stated their career goals in terms of the job they would like to be holding in five years, usually two levels above their current position, and their goals were seen in terms of individual achievement desired and not organizational needs. These results suggested that the women were aware of and willing to give almost total commitment to their jobs, and that while women managers may be setting goals, they are doing so modestly, and at the expense of personal social lives. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (66th, Corvallis, OR, August 6-9, 1983). Support also provided by the Gannett Foundation and the University of Colorado's School of Journalism.