chapter  9
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Issues of Autonomy in Adolescence: The “Superwoman”

During the past three decades, we have witnessed a significant shift in the position of women within the culture. Women serve on executive boards, cabi­ nets, ministries, on medical school faculties, and as officers in the Armed Forces. Although women remain greatly outnumbered in top faculty and managerial positions (Blum & Smith, 1988), the overall change is dramatic. The improve­ ment is largely due to the women’s movement. This shift has brought women a new presence, a new power, but also some very high expectations for self development.