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Lord, Teach Me to Submit

This chapter discusses the results of an analysis of opinion data dealing with traditional attitudes toward the place of women in society. The data used to assess the impact of the feminist movement on traditional attitudes toward the place of women in society are drawn from the 1972 election study conducted by the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan. An important and precisely worded statement was included in the original survey which relates to the general issue of the economic exploitation of women and income inequality between sexes: Sometimes a company has to lay-off part of its labor force. Sex, race, and class are obviously important variables to include in the analysis. Since male chauvinism is often identified as the chief barrier preventing the full emancipation of women, the attitudes of males should be singled out for special attention.