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Making the break work : a study of professional women's careers

By Jenny Headlam-Wells and John Flynn


Even among graduate professionals, men\ud and women continue to have different career\ud patterns. Men typically enjoy uninterrupted\ud careers, while women experience\ud discontinuous employment, with a career\ud break for family responsibilities (Hewitt,\ud 1993).\ud A recent comprehensive study (Hakim,\ud 1996) detected a sharp divide between\ud home-centred women and the minority of\ud career-oriented women for whom\ud employment is just as central to their lives\ud as it is for men. Other research (Michaels et\ud al. 1995) highlights the growing desire of\ud graduate women to return to the workplace\ud once they have completed their families.\ud The University of Lincolnshire and\ud Humberside has run ‘Professional Updating\ud for Women’ (PUW) courses to facilitate\ud this process since 1989, designed in\ud conjunction with the Women Returners’\ud Network and attracting funding from\ud Objective 3 of the European Social Fun

Topics: L321 Women's Studies
Publisher: Yorkshire Universities
Year: 1999
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