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3: Culture

Culture

As noted from the previous sections much of her work was inside the United States aiding five presidents in her time. Her work was not just in the States but she traveled around the world consulting other organizations. Since Lillian was a pioneer in improvement and modern standard of living most of her theories and work was not widely adopted during her lifetime, however it was a direct indicator of what was modern management would be. Her father proved to be a roadblock for her in trying to obtain a higher education. He felt that women should only obtain enough knowledge to manage a home gracefully. Lillian was able to persuade her father in letting her go to college to study.

She ¬†also faced adversity with trying to find a job after her husband had passed away and she took the reins of the consulting business. She tried to continue the consulting business that she and Frank had started, but she soon found out that companies were unwilling to do business with a women. They either canceled or refused to renew contracts with her. Things did pick up for after she started to have workshops at her house where she would train managers. This proved to be a win-win situation for her in that it let Lillian to still do work while being at home taking care of her 12 children. Her credibility as engineer was beginning to rise as her workshops became more successful and Lillian’s reputation grew which led her to land consulting jobs for many organizations.

Many women during her time were housewives where their primary duty was to just care for the house, cook dinner and tend the kids. This became even evident after WWII where the family could get a long with one income earner which usually was the man. This gave the role of taking care of the house to the women. The culture during this time didn’t really put any emphasis into trying to get women to become engineers. This could be from where the media tells boys that they are good at math and science. Where as the media tells girls they are good nurturing and cleaning. The culture during this time made it so that women would in a way be looked down if they were engineers.

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