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The Married Professional Woman: A Study in the Tolerance of Domestication

Margaret M. Poloma and T. Neal Garland
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 33, No. 3, Sexism in Family Studies (Aug., 1971), pp. 531-540
DOI: 10.2307/349850
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/349850
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The Married Professional Woman: A Study in the Tolerance of Domestication
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Abstract

The fact of discrimination against the woman in our society continues to accrue documentation in social science literature. It is our contention, however, that the thesis of inequality between the sexes is usually incompletely presented. The institutionalized role of women in the family (and the woman's acceptance of her traditional role) may continue to impede their achievement of equality in spite of attempts to change the economic structure of our society. Data from a recent study of dual-profession couples on the woman's desire for an egalitarian family, her career orientation, and her perception of discrimination are used to support the "tolerance of domestication" thesis.

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