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Volume 2, Issue 3 (1973)

Early Childhood Experiences and Women's Achievement Motives

pp. 18—23

In American society, considering their education and relative privilege, white women underachieve in massive proportions. They are the nurses, not the doctors; the secretaries, not the executives; the elementary teachers, not the college professors. The underachievement of women reflects the lower status of women in the society. This system of subordination is supported by the fact that women are socialized to want what society wants for them, namely, privatization, domesticity, dependence, and a retreat from competition.

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