Dividends: Old Girls and Old Boys

To get ahead at the office, more than a few career-conscious men have turned to their "old boy networks" of friends and schoolmates. Working women are now discovering that they can do something similar. In Minneapolis, some 2,400 career women belong to a self-help job-counseling group that is pointedly named All the Good Old Girls. For membership dues ranging between $5 and $100 annually, Minneapolis' Good Old Girls and hundreds of similar networks throughout the U.S. provide members with contacts among other working women, as well as seminars on topics like speechwriting, managerial techniques and job stress.

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