March 10, 1993
Women as Mentors: Myths and Commandments
Mentoring has been presented in recent years as vital for female students and professionals who are eager to succeed. The common wisdom holds that men frequently achieve more, professionally, because experienced faculty members have been willing to show them the ropes and to help pave their way to top jobs. But several myths about mentoring need to be examined.
The best way to succeed is to have a mentor. This myth is partly based on flawed research. Typically, the researcher