Mothers on the Fast Track
How a New Generation Can Balance Family and Careers
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Mothers on the Fast Track by Mary Ann Mason
Book DescriptionIn the past few decades the number of women entering graduate and professional schools has been going up and up, while the number of women reaching the top rung of the corporate and academic worlds has remained relatively stagnant. Why are so many women falling off the fast track? In this timely book, Mary Ann Mason traces the career paths of the first generation of ambitious women who started careers in academia, law, medicine, business, and the media in large numbers in the 1970s and '80s. Many women who had started families but continued working had ended up veering off the path to upper management at a point she calls "the second glass ceiling." Rather than sticking to their original career goals, they allowed themselves to slide into a second tier of management that offers fewer hours, less pay, lower prestige, and limited upward mobility. Men who did likewise-entered the career world with high aspirations and then started families while working-not only did not show the same trend, they reached even higher levels of professional success than men who had no families at all. Along with her daughter, an aspiring journalist, Mason has written a guide for young women who are facing the tough decision of when-and if-to start a family. It is also a guide for older women seeking a second chance to break through to the next level, as Mason herself did in academia. The book features anecdotes and strategies from the dozens of women they interviewed. Advice ranges from the personal (know when to say "no," the importance of time management) to the institutional, with suggestions for how the workplace itself can be changed to make it easier for ambitious working mothers to reach the top levels. The result is a roadmap of new choices for women facing the sobering question of how to balance a successful career with family.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195182675
(240mm x 162mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 18-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Mary Ann Mason
Helping Faculty Find Work-Life Balance, Hardback (October 2010)
This book focuses on how academics juggle the demands of their personal and professional life. The authors focus on faculty's specific challenges change over the years of their academic careers.
Mothers on the Fast Track, Paperback (November 2009)
Along with her daughter, Mason has written a guide for young women who are facing the tough decision of when--and if--to start a family. The result is a roadmap of new choices for women facing the sobering question of how to balance a successful career with family.
All Our Families, Paperback (November 2002)
This text challenges the conventional wisdom that American families are disintegrating. It argues that comparing modern families to an imagined typical family of the past is dishonest and misleading. Most American families are not, and never were, like that.
Custody Wars, Paperback (January 2000)» View all books by Mary Ann Mason
How should the courts decide custody cases that involve adoption, divorce, and single parenting? Drawing on a wealth of legal cases and research, Mary Ann Mason presents a bold programme for reform that aims to change the terms of debate about child custody cases.
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Author Biography - Mary Ann Mason
Mary Ann Mason is the first woman to be appointed Graduate Dean at University of California, Berkeley. A former lawyer, she can speak from personal experience about the struggle to balance family responsibilities and a fast-track career. A national expert on child custody issues, Mason is author of From Father's Property to Children's Rights, The Custody Wars, and The Equality Trap. Eve Mason Ekman is a medical social worker in the San Francisco County General Hospital Emergency room and also curates art exhibits locally and nationally. She has a Masters in Social Work from the University of California where she was the editor, founder and art director of an interdisciplinary publication between the schools of Journalism and Social Welfare.
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