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  • Popplestone, Ann
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      From: The Chronicle [mailto:daily@...]
      Sent: Monday, February 28, 2005 5:00 AM
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      Subject: 2/28/2005 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers

      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
      for Monday, February 28.


      * FACULTY MEMBERS at Shoreline Community College voted no
      confidence in their president last week, but the college's
      Board of Trustees has vowed to stand by her. The vote
      followed two and a half years of friction between the
      president, Holly Moore, and the Washington State college's
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2005/02/2005022809n.htm



      A glance at the March/April issue of "Society":
      Social expectations of women and their work

      American women are spending more time at work and having fewer
      children, both of which are fine, says Neil Gilbert, as long as
      that is what they really want. But some women may have been sold
      a bill of goods, warns the professor of social welfare at the
      University of California at Berkeley.

      For many women, working outside the home is not an economic
      necessity, so they may be motivated by the perception that
      employment is freeing and personally fulfilling, he says.

      Paid work "is widely associated with the virtues of personal
      empowerment, achievement, and self-realization, particularly by
      public-opinion makers -- professors, journalists, authors,
      artists, and pundits -- whose jobs tend to provide these
      benefits," he writes. "But the joys of work are not evenly

      The elite few for whom paid work does impart joy and
      independence, he says, perpetuate the myth that such is the case
      for everyone. But "for most wage labor, the independence that
      comes with a paycheck is accompanied by obedience to the daily
      authority of supervisors, submission to the schedule and
      discipline of the work environment, deference to the demands of
      customers, and susceptibility to the vagaries of the
      marketplace," he writes.

      While the expansion of employment opportunities for women is one
      of the "major social accomplishments of recent times," he says,
      and many women prefer a work-oriented lifestyle to a
      child-oriented one, others would rather have more children and
      spend more time at home with them.

      Those women should not be overly influenced, he says, by the
      current social expectation that women and men will both work
      full time while sharing child-rearing duties equally -- an
      expectation that has been "more influential in the socialization
      of women than men."

      The article, "Family Life: Sold on Work," is online for
      subscribers. Information about the journal is available at


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