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ERIC Number: ED360223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 35
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The Influence That Marital Status Has on the Advancement of Professional Women in Non-Traditional Fields.
Gosman, Teah
This document presents the findings of a study that examined whether the marital status of women in New Brunswick (Canada) influenced their ability to obtain administrative or managerial positions within nontraditional fields. The study cited research suggesting that women are still viewed as dependent, passive, and lacking in competitiveness, ambition, and leadership. For the research, 23 companies were chosen from the telephone directory for Fredericton and Oromocto (New Brunswick). The firms were designated as either engineering, academia, or other. Targeted companies were phoned and asked about the number of women, their marital status, and their positions within management or administration. Callers informed respondents that answers would be confidential and no names would be required. The 23 companies reported a total of 87 women in administrative or managerial positions. Of those 87 over 73% were married, while less than 12 percent were single. No marital status was provided for about 14% of the women. The percentage of married women was high (94%) within the engineering field, but was only 35% within academia (although no marital status was reported for 60% of the academics). Findings dispute the hypothesis that marital status influences women's professional advancement in male dominated fields. Further study of the topic should be pursued. (SG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada