ERIC Number: ED392906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep-27
Reference Count: N/A
A European Perspective on the Promotion of Women's Career Aspirations.
Lasonen, Lahja Johanna
Although commitment to equal opportunities in employment has been a major component of European Community legislation and although increasing numbers of European women are entering professions, women throughout Europe still face many barriers to advancing in their professions. Since the early 1970s, European governments including Finland have worked to increase the numbers of females enrolling in vocational and professional institutions. Although Finnish women under age 50 are now better educated than men, gender still remains a strong factor influencing people's career choices/behaviors, and men still hold more technical, professional, and managerial positions. In Finland and the other Nordic countries, the transformation of professional education and scientific knowledge has begun through women's studies. Finnish society and Finland's social services already offer support systems for women seeking to combine family and work responsibilities. By using the following strategies, educators and counselors throughout Europe can promote gender equity and women's career aspirations: enhance individual autonomy; help women develop strategic career plans, gain autonomy and decision-making authority, build an identity, network, and obtain mentor support in building a career; recruit nontraditional students; and eliminate harassment. (The bibliography contains 13 references. Appended is a list of 35 related European Community publications.) (MN)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Education, Case Studies, Counselor Role, Education Work Relationship, Educational Trends, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Family Work Relationship, Females, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Leadership, Nontraditional Occupations, Occupational Aspiration, Promotion (Occupational), Sex Bias, Sex Fairness, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Teacher Role, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education, Womens Education, Womens Studies
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Europe; Finland
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Changing Places: Gender Issues in Further Education--Scottish and European Perspectives (Glosgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, September 27, 1995).