ERIC Number: ED272058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May-16
Reference Count: 0
Where Are They Now? A Follow Up Case Study of Twelve Returning Graduate Women from the 1960s-80s: Their Hopes, Expectations, and Realizations.
Twelve women who reentered graduate study/career pursuits were studied to determine their perceptions of self and world, and their relationship to the women's movement of the 1960s. The women were in their 30s, 40s, and 50s and pursued graduate school/career pursuits during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Self-worth achieved by the successful career women was experienced in three ways: an income allowing them to have financial self-reliance; recognition of their work and valuing themselves as professional women; and good work with commensurate high income. Independent thought, the invariant structure of self, was developed by these 12 women throughout adulthood and was the stimulus for perceiving the world as a place to establish their individuality, which was expressed in a successful educational/career pursuit with or without their husband's approval or support. The women's movement, the invariant structure of world, provided them the incentive to implement their autonomous selves successfully in graduate study/careers. Consideration is given to: life styles reflected in the marriages of six of the women; a comparison of influences and outcomes affecting women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s; and the women's movement and societal stages in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Age, Aspiration, Careers, Educational Attainment, Employment Experience, Females, Feminism, Followup Studies, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Life Style, Occupational Aspiration, Personal Autonomy, Professional Autonomy, Professional Personnel, Reentry Students, Reentry Workers, Self Concept, Social Change, Success
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Colloquium of the Council of Graduate Students in Education, University of Pittsburgh School of Education (11th, Pittsburgh, PA, May 16, 1986).