Inspiration From Role Models and Advice for Moving Forward

Michelle G. Newman, Lata K. McGinn

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This Behavior Therapy series on overcoming the glass ceiling followed from a highly attended panel at ABCT on the same topic. The current paper summarizes the common themes across the various papers in this series with respect to obstacles prominent women have faced, and how we can learn from their stories to help inform the future. These themes include the importance of role models, messages from a supportive environment, difficulties balancing careers with children, coordinating careers with family, importance of taking charge of one's career, moving forward despite negative internal and external messages, and questions about whether things have changed substantially. In addition, this paper contains a summary of the helpful advice from accomplished women in academia for navigating the academic waters. It is our aspiration that going forward this series will stimulate other conversations as well as increase thought, behavior, solidarity, and awareness about this topic so that we can continue to work toward a future when things will continue to improve for women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)721-723
Number of pages3
JournalBehavior Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology


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