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Spring Summer 1977 Exchange

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featured comments by Jan Erteszek, founder and president of the California-based Olga Company. Erteszek told the group, "As business leaders, you must be duly concerned over the tarnished image of the businessman and business as an institution. For, indeed, any spiraling of this state of affairs could represent a real threat to the free enterprise system and to the survival of our free society." The Women's Committee, headed by Kay H. Cullimore, sponsored sessions for NAC members' wives and student wives on adjusting to transfers, handling family finances, and supporting a husband's career. According to Dean Merrill J Bateman, Lorenzo Hoopes's selection as chairman of the National Advisory Council indicates a continuation of NAC efforts in areas such as academic-business-government interface, student placement, and fund raising. Council members also attend regional meetings and visit the campus as speakers throughout the year. Hoopes succeeds Robert N. Sears, who chaired the Council for four years. You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby EEO, Affirmative Action, and Title IX-they often frustrate managers. But what about the female coming into the organization? How does she cope with competition, aggression, and male-dominated power struggles? “Women in Organizations,” a new class offered this winter by the Graduate School of Management, looked at many of the problems of sexism in institutions. The course focused on dealing with “sexual straight jackets” for both men and women. Other issues examined included women in the labor force (subtitled “Is anatomy your destiny?”); institutional oppression (“Slaves, women, and cattle”); career paths (“Repotting Wilma Wallflower”); power and assertiveness (“We’ve met the enemy and it’s a she!”); and Affirmative Action (“The care and feeding of male chauvinists”). The course was taught by Margaret and Warner Woodworth, husband and wife faculty members in the organizational behavior department. A primary thesis underlying the class was that the women’s movement may be the most significant social, economic, and political phenomenon of this century. “It is already having profound effects on the labor force, population trends, family life-styles, government legislation, etc.,” said Margaret Woodworth. “The far-reaching consequences will ne be fully known for at least another century. “Yet, in a sense, the revolution has already occurred. Women have entered the job market in large numbers. Society is now trying to assimilate this drastic shift. In this course we have attempted to explore some of the interesting and important questions these changes have raised,” she added. In addition, he husband stressed some of the effects on males. “Hopefully, an awareness of these issues will lead to the ‘liberation’ of men as well as women in our society,” said Warner Woodworth. “A critical challenge in the future is going to be the transformation of organizations into more human-oriented systems that emphasize equality for all participants.” The class composition itself was a mix of students and working professionals in law, counseling, industrial management, personnel, organizational development, and public administration. Texts for the course included Gail Sheehy’s Passage, Fensterheim and Baer’s Don’t Say Yes When You Want to Say No, Juanita Krepp’s Sex in the Marketplace: American Women at Work, and Jongeward and Scott’s Affirmative Action for Women. James H. Evans

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