Raising Elizabeth: Socializing Girls to Aspire to Careers as Managers, Secretaries or Corporate Wives


  • Janet Lee Mills


This paper describes an experiential exercise that enables participants to identify and describe in personal and concrete terms those sex role (and other) socialization factors believed to influence women’s occupational choices, aspirations and successes. The development of this exercise was influenced by Rosabeth Moss Kanters discussion of the roles of managers, secretaries and wives in large contemporary organizations in Men and Women of the Corporation and by Margaret Hennig and Anne Jardim’s discussion of the socialization of female executives in The Managerial Woman,