Family Pressures And Expectations

Family Pressures And Expectations

Family pressures and expectations

Older women often cite the traditional attitudes towards girls and work, which prevailed during their teenage years, as an obstacle to their pursuit of a career at that time. Often families were disinterested in supporting the type of higher education - financially or otherwise - which would have helped girls as they started their working lives. Many women, particularly those over forty, mention being almost brainwashed by their mothers saying that you couldn't combine a family and career. They talk of a little voice whispering in their ears, reminding them of the detrimental effects it would have on everyone involved. Families, often with the best of motives, can have a profound and unhelpful effect on girls' decisions about their futures, and common to the experience of all these women is the memory of always being told by other people of what they should do.

Beverley would have liked to have been a policewoman. Her father didn't think that would be a good idea because he thought she would be too lenient and so she studied hotel and catering instead. As it turned out, this was the wrong choice for her too. I think I felt that that sort of life would be interesting because of the variety. I actually discovered that I was to become a jack of all trades and master of none. Enjoyable as the course was, at the end of it you weren't trained as anything in particular.


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