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Page 2 -The Michigan Daily Friday, July 31, 1987
Career women struggle to find time for family

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird.
It's a plane. It's...
According to a study released by
the University's Institute for Social
Research in July, over 75 percent of
women with both career and family
roles experience the "superwoman"
conflict, a working mothers'
syndrome characterized by having
"too much to do and not enough
time to do it," the report concluded.
With the 45 percent female work
force expected to increase to 48
percent by 1995, educators at
Women's Studies programs at the
University and across the country
have decided thatacollege is the place
for men and women to learn how to
prevent a problem ironically more
powerful than a locomotive and just
as destructive.
Like the fictional Superman, the

so-called superwomen usually does women "should be asking
move faster than a speeding bullet themselves, 'gee, what can I do
- but often at the expense of work about this before I have a job and
performance and family kids?"'
responsibilities. Over half of 153 Susan Pearce, senior associate
career women surveyed expressed researcher at New York-based
some serious doubts about their Catalyst, a national career planning
performance as mothers. organization, said she didn't need "x-
'I Want it all, to be a parent, spouse, and career
person, and am determined to manage it all and do
- agreed to by a majority of women participants
in a 1985 national campus survey

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But Eric Lang, an ISR researcher ray vision" to see where the trend
and study coordinator, added that "the was leading. A 1985 Catalyst study
study was interesting because it of 300,000 college students indicated
didn't look like the women regretted that a majority of undergraduate
the decision to work and become women agreed with the statement "I
mothers." want it all, to be a parent, spouse,
Despite the toll on their mental and career person, and amdetermined
health - including tiredness, stress, to manage it all and do well."
and a lack of personal time - the And it's hard to convince them
majority of these women stated they that they can't, added Peg Lourie,
were happy and satisfied with the associate director of the University's
"role spillover" in their lives, he Women's Studies Program.
said. "There is a definite conviction
"No doubt what they're doing is among University women that they
difficult," Lang said. "But can do everything," she said. But
satisfaction and conflict don't have the ISR study reveals the underlying
to be mutually exclusive." problems in society, Lourie added,
"But they should be," objected that force women to "still pay the
Sue Contratto,,kdjunct Professor of price of success."
Women's Studies. These studies After unhappy, working couples
have been out before, Contratto approached Pearce several years ago
explained, and instead of accepting wishing they had been warned of
hardships as part of superwoman's problems, she and
"superwomanhood," undergraduate associate Hedwin Naimark decided to

stop the conflicts where they start -
at the campus level.
A prototype course called "Career
Goals and Personal Relationships:
-Exploring the Options" was
introduced at eight universities,
including Duke and Florida State in
the spring of 1985.
The course - which included
trips to day care centers and lectures
on relocation - is aimed towards
"students who plan to have careers,
partnerships, and children."
Duke's Women's Studies
Department has integrated the course
into their regular curriculum for the
last four terms, said Jean O'Barr,
program director.
Pearce saldCatalyst's goal is to
see courses like "Career Goals"
standard in colleges across the
Although most University
introductory Women's Studies
courses now include "lessons
pertaining to women's careers,"
Lourie said that her department needs
to develop a mini-course -
tentatively available in the 1988-89
sehool year under the title "practical
feminism" - to address these
problems in depth.
Lourie admits it will be a long
time before successful women lose
their "superwoman" label. In some
ways it may be accurate: the newest
"Superman" movie bills it as the
"greatest battle ever." But some
educators say the working woman's
fight to maintain her happiness will
be the greatest battle of all.

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"But tnere's a lot of support out
there for her - we've received lots
of letters and phone calls supporting
her courage to go forward with the
trial," she said. Steiner noted that
over 90 percent of all rape victims
do not report the crime, let alone
press charges.
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