Sunday, September 12, 2010

Career Ladder for Japan's 'New' Women Still Tilted
By Catherine Makino
WeNews correspondent
Sunday, September 12, 2010

Married or single? Working full-time or part-time? Earning high or low? A few decades ago, Japanese women rarely attended university. But more choices and economic pressure have brought new polarities to their expectations.

TOKYO (WOMENSENEWS)--Tanako Nakayama, a 61-year-old librarian, says that when she was young, woman rarely went to college.
If they graduated, they became teachers or telephone operators. Single women in their 30s were called "loser dogs."
"I was one of the few special women who went on to university," Nakayama said. "After I graduated, I worked as a teacher in a private school owned by a big company. There was a lot of discrimination between men and women. Women could never become managers or section chiefs."

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