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Lifting a Ton of Feathers: A Woman's Guide to Surviving in the Academic World Paperback – April 30, 1993

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Any woman who's tried to break into the academic "old boy's club" can tell you horror stories. Paula Caplan sifts through the confusion, distills the facts on injustice and prejudice, and offers practical advice on how to survive and even thrive in the academic workplace. This concise, fully referenced, information-packed book isn't about complaints; it's about solutions.

About the Author

Paula Caplan is Professor of Applied Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; 2nd Revised edition edition (April 30, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802074111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802074119
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,377,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Janice on July 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
What impressed me the most about this book was the way Caplan integrated real life stories and anecdotes into her book. Not to say that there isn't a lot of research to back her points up as well, on the contrary! But if a picture is worth a thousand words an anecdote is worth a thousand more. Despite the sometimes depressing state of academic life for women, Caplan indulges neither in recrimination or despair. She includes a great deal of helpful advice for women, organized for easy reference by your career stage (from student through full professor). I regularly reread my copy. I find that there's always something new and relevant to be gleaned from this book.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1996
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I throughly enjoyed this handbook. As a senior ready to embark into the unknown and scary land of graduate school, I'm glad I'll have this book to hold on to. Caplan doesn't just complain, she gives us ideas on how to fight back and plain keep our spirits up. I'd recommend this book even for women who have never experienced any angst over being a woman. I never have and I still love this book. It's not a downer, it's an up-lifting book that gives those who may have lost hope, hope and those of us who haven't experierenced any negative comments a fair warning. A must for every womans home/office library
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Samantha G. Zeitlin on March 12, 2004
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I got this book because Amazon recommended it along with one someone else told me about (Ms. Mentor's guide). I like this one better. The arguments are logical and supported, and in many cases the author told me things I knew subconsciously but had never heard articulated before. Some of the Myths about Academia are annoyingly overlapping, and in some places I found myself skimming, but in general I've found it completely reassuring. It's good to know there are other women who have experienced similar things. I like that the book made me aware that some of the things I thought I was imagining are in fact very real, and very common. I think all the negative reviews of this book are very misleading- the first chapter is an incomparably beautiful description of why we went into Academia in the first place- because there are a lot of great things about it. I will probably go back and reread this book over and over.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 2003
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Caplan's book focuses on what a terrible place the academy is for women, without giving adequate attention to ways students and faculty members can avoid or solve problems. It's a pessimistic choice, so read it with caution. If you feel discouraged, this book might help you realize that you are not alone in facing patterned discrimination, but if you haven't had problems, it might make you want to give up before you have reached your goals.
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