A Handbook for Women Mentors
Transcending Barriers of Stereotype, Race, and Ethnicity
by Carole A. Rayburn, Florence L. Denmark, Mary E. Reuder, and Asuncion Miteria Austria, Editors
January 2010, 297pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-36625-3
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21st-century women are breaking down long-standing barriers to education and better-paying careers, but others remain—including stereotypes about which professions are suitable, continuing prejudices, and the difficulties of balancing work and family. “It’s not easy,” says coeditor Carole Rayburn, “but women who have been there, are doing it all, can help lead the way.”

This perceptive and practical guide explores the growing phenomenon of successful women serving as mentors to other women in academia or in professional careers.

In this unprecedented handbook, the team of coeditors and contributors show the immeasurable impact of women helping women via a method that has become a “hot-button” topic nationwide—mentoring.

In A Handbook for Women Mentors: Transcending Barriers of Stereotype, Race, and Ethnicity, an expert author team—all experienced mentors—provide specific strategies for women mentoring women, showing how mentoring relationships benefit individuals, women as a group, and the nation as a whole. Discussions include ongoing challenges—and potential pitfalls—for women confronting obstacles in their education and professional careers, with special attention to minority women—whether it is a mother of four leading a university department, an African American woman working in engineering, or a Latina female advancing in the field of math.


  • Contributors are internationally distinguished scholars from psychology and anthropology who have served as role models and women mentors to countless mentees
  • Helpful indexes for gender, racial, ethnic, and religious/spiritual issues
Carole A. Rayburn, PhD, is a clinical, research, and consulting psychologist in private practice, coeditor of Praeger's WomanSoul: The Inner Life of Women's Spirituality, and coauthor of 19 copyrighted psychological inventories.

Florence L. Denmark, PhD, is the Robert Scott Pace Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at Pace University, New York, NY. Her published works include Psychology of Women: A Handbook of Issues and Theories, Engendering Psychology: Women and Gender Revisited.

Mary E. Reuder, PhD, is professor emerita of City University of New York, Queens College, APA fellow of five divisions, and past president simultaneously of the APA Division of the Psychology of Religion and of the APA Society for the Teaching of Psychology. She is a recipient of several mentoring awards.

Asuncion Miteria Austria, PhD, is professor of psychology and chair and director of clinical training of the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology at Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI. She received the 2008 Charles and Shirley Thomas Award for student mentoring and development.
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