We found Clare Goldsberry's Oct. 9, Page 6 Perspective, ``Dads' shoes can be hard to fill,'' very informative, although somewhat lending to the male point of view. In the last 20 years, the women's movement has made significant strides in attaining rights for women, but has not changed some of the attitudes toward ``birthrights.'' It has been a conception that by birthright, the son would carry on in ``Father's shoes,'' however hard they might be to fill.
Harder still to fill are the shoes that are inherited by daughters.
Statistically, the number of women-owned and managed companies have increased in the last decade. You can be assured that more than a handful of these are daughters assuming a family role.
The implications of this change are far-reaching - down to the way the female successor is perceived by associates and contacts. Daughters are seen as the child, where the male successor is seen as a compatriot.
Our company is making the transition to a women-owned business. As the remaining spouse and daughters assume the reins, we have encountered attitudes of complacency and platitudes for being female. As we continue to run our father's company, we will strive to enlighten associates that we are capable business persons with more on our mind than burping babies.
Son's aren't alone in taking over firms
I am responding to the Oct. 30, Page 16 letter by Catherine D. Boettner of Cleveland Tubing Inc.
I wholeheartedly agree with Ms. Boettner and also encourage Clare Goldsberry to investigate how many daughter-run firms there are throughout North America.
She might be surprised!
Susan M. Tanenbaum