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Volume 1, Issue 4 (1972)

The Emergence of Vocational Expectations in Preschool Children

pp. 44—47

There has been a considerable recent emphasis on the role of women as workers in full or part-time careers during all or part of their adult lives. Women in the United States account for a large portion of the labor force, yet are concentrated disproportionately in unskilled, semi-skilled, and clerical occupations. In part this is so because both boys and girls in their growth and development view work for women as an incidental part of adult life. Girls particularly do not develop a set of expectations regarding the wide potential range of vocations open to them. Thus by accident or cultural shaping they often end up doing work or possessing expectations for their vocational development that are inferior to those possessed by males. Indeed, our culture may condition both boys and girls from the very youngest ages to look at women only or primarily in the wife and mother role.

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