Book exercise

 Review the implications of the concepts presented in Chapter 1 of Powell’s

book (pp. 1-11).  Provide your own personal opinions of these concepts, and

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evaluate your reasons for holding these opinions.

1.2:  Summarize the major developments in the history of sex roles during the

past century (Powell, pp. 14-34).  If you had to select one event that most

dramatically changed the concept of sex roles, what would that event be?

Justify your answer.

1.3:  Discuss the issue of sex segregation of occupations (Powell, pp. 26-33),

including the sex gap in earnings.

1.4:  Despite tremendous gains in the number of women in management

positions during the past century, top management is still male-dominated.

Explain why this discrepancy still exists.  Will women ever achieve equality

in top management positions?  Justify your answer.

1.5:  Outline and evaluate the evidence for sex differences and gender

differences (Powell, pp. 4-5; 38-47).

1.6:  Explain the concept of androgyny (Powell, pp.47-52).  Include in your

answer a discussion of the Bem Sex-Role Inventory (BSRI), and the

potential advantages and disadvantages of being androgynous.

1.7:  Summarize the various influences on sex role development in children

Powell, pp. 52-61).  Evaluate the relative strength of each influence, and

provide examples to support your conclusions.

1.8:  Discuss the limitations of gender stereotypes and roles (Powell, pp. 60-63).

1.9:  Discuss the concept of influencing gender stereotypes and roles (Powell,

pp. 63-64), citing specific evidence to support each claim.

1.10:  What is the most important thing you have learned by completing this first

Exercise.  Explain your answer.

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