EQUAL TO THE TASK: How Working Women Are Managing in Corporate America by Susan; Joan M. Mills & Diane Kramer Winokur Easton

EQUAL TO THE TASK: How Working Women Are Managing in Corporate America

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Though slow to build, this thoughtful, perceptive look at today's corporate woman a decade after the revolution began is well worth a careful perusal. The authors--San Francisco businesswomen--organize their topics by dividing the corporate woman into nine equal parts, or chapters: The Achieving Woman, The Alienating Woman, etc. This invites some overlap and repetition, but it does allow for separate consideration of such issues as power, image, and alliances. First and in some ways foremost is The Assimilated Woman: eager to please, mildly self-deprecatory, so thoroughly blended with the male corporate image that she allows little room for her own individuality. The Ageist Woman is trapped in something of a time tunnel: if she's 40 she's looking to her sister of 30 for direction, while if she's 30 she finds herself ""ha the front lines of change without historical reference points."" A chapter about The Associated Woman details the history of women's networking troubles and applies one caveat to the seeming boon of the male mentor: too many women have ""translated traditional courtship patterns to the search for a mentor,"" which means waiting for what one woman calls ""prince charming in corporate drag."" Another chapter on The Alienated Woman assesses more traveled ground: the physical and mental toll of women's isolation and perceived powerlessness in the corporation. Comments from 35 women interviewees (middle-management and higher) are interspersed throughout, while an additional chapter explores male ambivalence--often, from the perspective of male interviewees. Candid, a bit troubling perhaps, but on target.

Pub Date: May 24th, 1982
Publisher: Seaview--dist. by Harper & Row