ERIC Number: ED203132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar-28
Role of Mentors in Developing Careers: Do Women Need Mentors?
Marsicano, Hazel E.
One of the greatest barriers to the advancement of women in academia is the lack of sufficient role models or mentors. Although some women have been successful in gaining entry to positions previously dominated by males, there is no legislative provision for economic support for job-related training, either for self-development or for the development or enhancement of skills related to research and writing--the skills deemed imperative for retention, tenure, and ladder-rank advancement in contemporary institutions of higher education. Consequently, many women who have been successful in gaining entry to such positions are being denied these privileges and are being locked into lower paying salary positions than male colleagues. Although mentor relationships are effective in assisting most rising women to gain career advancement and in breaking through to networks for continued research and writing, such relationships present potential danger for others. It is therefore recommended that criteria be developed for the selection of mentors including both personal and professional areas to ensure that such relationships will help rising women develop to their maximum potential in order to enhance opportunities for career advancement. (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the West Virginia University Council on Women's Concerns--A Conference on Women's Career Management: Challenges and Decisions (Morgantown, WV, March 28, 1981).