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Like Mother, Like Daughter?How Career Women Influence Their Daughters' Ambition$
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Jill Armstrong

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447334088

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447334088.001.0001

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Mothers, daughters and careers

Mothers, daughters and careers

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(p.1) One Mothers, daughters and careers
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Like Mother, Like Daughter?
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Jill Armstrong

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447334088.003.0001

This chapter provides an overview of how having a mother with a career influences the daughter's own career ambitions. This book's research shows that at the start of the daughters' careers their mothers are indeed highly influential. Most daughters thought their mothers were the main influence over their academic success, which provided a gateway to a career. Many also thought of their mothers as successful and described them as role models. However, the research also shows that having a mother as a role model of career success is far less predictive than one might imagine of the daughters progressing as far or further in their own careers. People can be role models simply by doing what they do. Mentoring implies a more active role for the more experienced party.

Keywords:   mothers, daughters, career influences, career ambitions, academic success, role models, career success, mentoring

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