The Lack Of Mentorships For Women

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1. In well-written, well-organized prose, address the following:
What were the two or three most important things you learned from the assigned readings from the Paludi volumes? Why did you think those things were so important?
I think one of the most important topics discussed in the Paludi readings is the lack of mentorships for women. This is an important topic, because mentorships or networking allows individuals at lower levels to become more family with how things are handled in upper level positions, and allows them to meet and create valuable relationships with upper level executives and clients. Paludi states:
“In particular, the majority of men’s networks consist of other men and of these, men who are likely to hold powerful positions within the organization. Further, within these hemophilic networks, men are more likely than women to receive help from their male contacts (McGuire, 2002). In other words, men have more status, more powerful contacts, and are more likely to be sponsored by men from positions higher in the hierarchy. Women, thus, receive less network help, even when they are at comparable levels of the organizations, simply because they have fewer powerful men in their networks (Reeves, 2010).” (Paludi, 64)
Essentially men and women may begin at the same point (unless a women is placed in a dead end position), but as they work, gain experience, and create networks men undoubtedly gain the advantage. This advantage is not due to the fact that they are…

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