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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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Quiet ambition

Quiet ambition

Chapter:
(p.95) Five Quiet ambition
Source:
Like Mother, Like Daughter?
Author(s):

Jill Armstrong

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447334088.003.0005

This chapter shows that many young women are as ambitious for career success as men in the early stages of their career. However, young women quickly lose faith that success will be achievable. Several reasons are given for this, including the effect on careers of parenthood, issues with self-confidence and lack of fit with the dominant culture of the workplace. The research illustrates that these mothers often acted as career mentors by talking through their daughters' experiences at work, helping them to acquire useful skills, and therefore bolstering their daughters' confidence. The daughters characterised their mothers' careers as successful. However, the daughters also described this success as a by-product of hard work and work done well. This is indicative of the finding that the mothers in this study tended to underplay or not talk at all about their career successes.

Keywords:   young women, career success, careers, parenthood, workplace, mothers, career mentors

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