Project Lifeline, Introducing Women to the Future: Guidance and Career Counseling in College for Women,1971, page 1

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          ;  OJ ‘1Y:.‘«‘;;  .;’.-l 3." LL? lglilé 3.‘  EZJITRODUCING WOMEN T O THEIR FUTURE .

Guidance and Career Counseling in College
For Women:

Submitted by:Florence Fulk hickler
l32l Trafalgar Street
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666

7.9 women enrolled at ? College are engaged in 1
unique experience to maximize their potential in a four
year college program. However, our present awareness and
greater sensitivity to the complex social pressures which
tend to undermine the college experience for women and
support a second class self-image has provoked the ?
to mobilize its energies for action and change.


Between the years of the Report of the President's
Commission on the Status of Women in 1963 and the 1970
Report of the President's Task Force on Women's Rights andi
‘Responsibilities, there has been-a resurgence of interest
regarding all aspects of the status of women. Recent
discussion and research into the educational and work
experience of women has brought into sharp focus the
.dc1imiting acsumptions and resulting practices in higher
education that perpetuate sexual inequalities. The con-
tinuation of this double standard in higher education is
wasteful of our educational reaources, in addia on to
being undetwcx tic to those adversely ;ffected by such
practices. some recent findings may help to define the
most effectite way to solve the problems at hand.

A study entitled "Where Do Women Stand?" was under-
taken by the American.Association of University Women and
published in December, 1970. It was an outgrowth of
"a recognition that the potential of women is not being
appreciated, encouraged, or fully developed at any level
of higher education."o The work further illustrates,

"the sex inequities on American campuses", and suggests

two major areas for immediate action. Firstly, there is

need for more opportunities for women students in leader-

shp positions on campus. Even more pertinent to th proposal
herein is the call to institutions of higher educat- n to
develop "better counseling and mow, grograms specifically
designed to meet the unique educational needs of women
students, inrlading the mature student."

Institutions of higher learning have long prided
themselves on offering the student a last refuge for dis-
covering his identity and his place in the scheme of Wife.
For women, the college experience may offer the first and
final respite from a socialization process which ill
prepares them for full self-development. Furthermore,
without organized special assistance and active support
xrom the teaching and administrative staff, commencing