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Interesting Findings from the Research

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wpe11.jpg (670 bytes) The successful women's most frequently mentioned, positive, childhood experience was"winning in competition." The second most frequently mentioned childhood experience was travel.


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wpe12.jpg (670 bytes) The women's most frequent descriptions of themselves as children were "smart," "hard working," and "independent."


wpe14.jpg (670 bytes) Forty percent considered themselves to be less social than other girls. More than half liked to spend time alone, and a third considered themselves shy as children.

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wpe15.jpg (670 bytes) More than half viewed their mothers as role models, compared to only 25 percent who did so for their fathers. Many of the women were inspired by or identified with their teachers.


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Although over 80 percent of these women's mothers were homemakers during their preschool years, by their daughters' high school years, only one-third remained homemakers.

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wpe17.jpg (670 bytes) Forty percent of the physicians' mothers returned to school while their daughters were growing up.


wpe18.jpg (670 bytes) Less than a third of these women's mothers and less than half of their fathers had college educations. Thirteen percent of their parents were immigrants.

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wpe1A.jpg (670 bytes) soccer.gif (4731 bytes)The women were very involved in extracurricular activities. Physicians, nurses, and teachers tended to be particularly active in sports; women in government were more likely to have been active in student government; media women did more writing or were often in drama; and attorneys were more frequently in debate.


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wpe25.jpg (670 bytes) More than half of the women belonged to the Girl Scouts or some other all-girl organization. They often commented that their leaders were good role models for independence.


wpe26.jpg (670 bytes) The women's most frequently mentioned girlhood activity was reading, followed by piano and other music.

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wpe28.jpg (670 bytes) Twenty-five percent skipped subjects and fifteen skipped at least one grade. Physicians, musicians, and artists had the most grade skippers.
wpe29.jpg (670 bytes) Ten percent attended all-girl high schools and thirteen percent attended women's colleges. Physicians and nurses had the largest percentages that attended all-girl high schools. More teachers, nurses, attorneys, business executives, and politicians attended women's colleges, which they credited for leadership opportunities.


wpe2A.jpg (670 bytes) girlsatcomputer.gif (1724 bytes)Nurses, doctors and scientists were strong science students, but math skills separated scientists and doctors from nurses by middle and high school.


wpe2B.jpg (670 bytes) There were more firstborns in almost all career groups, more middle children among homemakers, and more youngest children among mental health professionals.


wpe2C.jpg (670 bytes) Full-time homemakers, educators, nurses, and mental health professionals more frequently rated their family lives as excellent.


wpe2D.jpg (670 bytes) The successful women were resilient. Sixty percent talked about "hitting walls" when they became anxious, depressed, or lost confidence in themselves. The most frequently mentioned adaptive skill was "perseverance."

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