WOMEN ON TOP by Jane Adams


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Success for a woman is not either professional or personal, but an integrated combination of the two,"" says Jane Adams, whose failure to achieve such integration robs this study of focus or direction. She had trouble, she confides, handling the success of her book, Sex and the Single Parent, so she interviewed 60 top woman in a variety of fields to learn how they coped. Citing four developmental stages -- deciding to have a ""career,"" investing in that career, reassessing one's life, integrating professional and personal goals -- Adams quotes her subjects extensively and almost at random. After a West Coast consultant defends her ""step by step"" career approach, an advertising executive advises, ""be cool, unflappable,"" etc. A lengthy section on ""success models"" lists such traits as toughness, assertiveness, and ambition, but discussion of the traits follows only much later -- ""ambition,"" says Carter aide Sarah Weddington, indicates ""an attitude that causes you to prepare yourself."" Meanwhile, ""success models"" include ""fast-track women"" (long-term goal setters), ""principled strivers"" (pushy volunteer workers), corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, inheritors, and public successes (Joan Ganz Cooney and Gall Sheehy) -- some talking about their personal lives, some about their careers, some about dealing with success. Under ""success life-styles,"" we meet New York City Council President Carol Bellamy with no social life, stockbroker Paula Hughes with frequent dates, and NBC exec Deanne Barkley with five husbands. An attempt to combine Sheey's Passages with Hennig and Jardim's Managerial Woman that falls far short of both.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1979
Publisher: Hawthorn