ERIC Number: ED435885
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
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Female Spirituality, Careering and the U.S. Postal Service, Maintenance Division.
Carver, Kimberly D.; Gallaher, Rex M.; Richmond, Lee J.
This paper discusses a study examining the lives of women (N=9) involved as either mentors or proteges in the U.S. Postal Service's Maintenance Leadership Program. Participant interviews consisted of the completion of several instruments including a personality inventory, a measure of agentic versus communal values, an instrument that examines masculine and feminine approaches to spirituality and work, and a spirituality inventory. The women in this study are unique in having been selected for a highly competitive program and for selecting a non-traditional career. Results show that the dye was cast in childhood, as participants were involved in non-traditional play. They report that they are not religious, but eight reported communicating with something that transcends them and influences their lives. They by and large come from Middle America and are middle to lower income. They completed traditional female type chores as children, and most are married and have children of their own. Birth order seems to have nothing to do with who they have become. Participants are equally family and work oriented, and are women who want to provide, as well as nurture. They get job satisfaction from competence, intellectual stimulation, empowerment, and success, and these are far more important to them than traditional executive power. For the most part, they are open, team players. (Contains 1 figure, 4 tables, and 13 references.) (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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