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Spring Summer 1977 Exchange

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LOOKING AT THE FEMALE PROFESSIONAL Women face more alternatives-and also increasingly greater conflicts-in selecting professional careers; this was the conclusion of participants in a panel discussion featured during BYU's Graduate School of Management Week. One issue covered during the session concerned barriers women face in organization. Kate Kirkham, an organizational development consultant from Washington, D.C., said that interaction with colleagues and professional credibility are the two barriers which most commonly confront women. Gary L. Hart, the "token male" panel member and visiting faculty member on leave from IBM, said that in his experience the great majority of women do not desire to do more than what they are presently doing. “Their own self-concept is their greatest barrier.” “In my experience the majority of men are not ready for large numbers of females with professional roles.” Yet, he added, a well-prepared female is sought after in today’s business world. Kirkham also pointed out that “problems in marriages and work choice result from the lack of early discussion of such matters, and this leads to a limitation of the options for each partner.” Other panel participants were BYU faculty member Jan L. Tyler; Marilyn Arnold, faculty member and administrative assistant to President Dallin H. Oaks; and Lucille T. Stoddard, chairman of the business division at Utah Technical College. Reagan on Federal Spending Former California Governor Ronald Reagan visited campus to speak with students about politics, federal spending, and the marketplace. His comments included- “It is hard to picture money sums when they get really large. I have tried before. I have pointed out that if you have a four-inch stack of $1,000 bills you would be a millionaire. If a man sent his wife on a shopping spree, spending $1,000 a day, she would not be home for three years. Now if he gave her a billion dollars and told her to go out and do the same thing, she wouldn’t come home for 3,000 years. “One billion minutes ago Christ was walking on this earth. One billion hours ago fire had not yet been discovered. One billion dollars ago in Washington was yesterday. “And it’s a billion today, a billion tomorrow, a billion each day for seven days of the week. And every seventh day they borrow another two billion dollars because the other is not enough. “How do we get to a trillion? Well, if you started spending a million dollars a day on the day that Christ was born, and had done so seven days a week for these nearly 2,000 years, you would have 300 years to go before the trillion dollars would be spent. Our national debt is now approaching two-thirds of a trillion-and social security is four trillion dollars out of balance.” Panel participants (from left) Lucille T Stoddard, Jan L. Tyler, and Kate Kirkham

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