THE EXECUTIVE WIFE: The Facts Contradict the Fiction


IN the current folklore of U.S. business the wife of an executive is often represented as being equally important to her husband's career as his own abilities. Some U.S. corporations have taken to interviewing wives before hiring or promoting executives, others regularly appraise executive wives by visits to the home or at corporate parties. A few even provide seminars and conferences for wives in an attempt to fashion the ideal executive helpmate. All this has prompted a string of articles, fiction and movies depicting the ideal "Mrs. Executive" —a woman...

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