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ERIC Number: ED181107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Women Administrators: Feminine, Masculine or Androgynous?
Lester, Patricia; Chu, Lily
Traditionally, masculinity and femininity have been conceptualized as being bipolar opposites of a single continuum. Recently, a new perspective has emerged which conceptualized masculinity and femininity as separate dimensions that can vary independently. From this concept has emerged androgyny, which denotes the integration of masculine and feminine traits in one person. The present study was designed to test the hypothesis that women administrators in higher education, being in nontraditional female roles, will tend to be androgynous. A sample of male and female administrators was questioned using various scales. The findings support the concept that masculinity and femininity are not bipolar opposites of a single continuum. The results also tend to support the hypothesis that women administrators in higher education are not necessarily less feminine than other women. Rather than losing their femininity, women administrators may have incorporated additional masculine traits. Men, on the other hand, tend not to be incorporating feminine traits into their personalities. (Author/RLV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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