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Ground Floor

Barbara Wootton, 15 October 1981

Women in Top Jobs 
by Michael Fogarty, Isobel Allen and Patrick Walters.
Heinemann, 273 pp., £14, July 1981, 0 435 83806 7
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... A few years ago, when I was reviewing a book on Women in Social Work, I made a vow to myself that I would never again engage in discussion of ‘Women in’ any sphere. It seemed to me that the time had come to recognise that sex is as irrelevant in the professional activities of men or women as it is important in our private lives. So long as this thesis remained unacceptable, and so long as many public and professional doors were closed to women, discrimination in favour of ‘women in’ this or that field was necessary to break these male monopolies ...

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