ERIC Number: ED099712
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Women--Technical Fields and the Time Trap.
Bobbitt, Billie M.
The document addresses itself to the changing attitudes concerning jobs acceptable to and for women, and the time lag involved in their qualification in technical skills. Myths and facts about women workers are explored and discounted. The author holds to the position that men are male, women are female, and jobs are neuter. The first step toward full utilization of women in all fields is a frank evaluation of the attitudes of organizational leadership toward more women in top-level middle-management positions, and women in nontraditional job areas. The second step is the provision of opportunities for training and advancement toward that goal. Special consideration is given to the role of women in the military, and the author points out that all the services have announced programs to achieve wider utilization across the full spectrum of noncombat jobs. Women now being recruited are either already qualified for technical jobs or capable and interested in being trained for them. In the military, drawbacks exist for women with children in that they are expected to resolve family responsibilities and may not expect favored treatment on the basis of being a mother. The author expresses optimism about the commitment of women in professional life and their willingness to help others join the ranks of the employed. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (82nd, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 1974)