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大学体验英语第四册Unit1-Passage B

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Men Move in the Wake of Wives' Jobs
PHOENIX1 - Things have changed since Mark Breidenbach and Chris Walker grew up 30 years ago in homes anchored by Dad, the breadwinner, and Mom, the caretaker. 

 Breidenbach and Walker, both married to corporate2 vice3 presidents, are among the estimated two million American men who, according to the U.S. Census4 Bureau, give up jobs and follow their spouses6 to new cities each year. It's a bitter pill to swallow for some men. 

 "It poses real problems from a self-confidence standpoint for some men when they're without that part of their identity that they derive7 from their careers," says Laura Piel, president of Renaissance8 Personnel Group in Phoenix. 

 For Breidenbach and Walker, putting their families first, treating their wives as partners and being secure in their job skills have made it workable.  

?"Throw your pride in the trash," advises Breidenbach, 35, who moved to Dallas from Phoenix in December with his wife Gillian, a vice president at Bank of America, and their two young sons. "We live in a new world that's changing, and you need to embrace it."  

 Walker, 39, changed careers 18 months ago, when travel required by his job as a bank vice president began to interfere9 with the schedule of his wife Joan, a vice president for Avnet2. He now works in real estate, frequently from his Phoenix home, and enjoys the flexibility10 to care for their two children. 
 "It never bothered me that Joan worked," Walker says. "I expect her to be president of Avnet someday." 

? Women are earning MBAs at a faster rate than men and are relocating their families to new cities at a greater percentage than husbands, Census Bureau figures show. Women account for 46% of the U.S. workforce11 and may outnumber men in it by the year 2025, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Employment Policy Foundation.  

?"As more women move up the corporate ladder, they are increasingly viewed as the best person for the job and are more likely to be transferred as they advance their careers," says John Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., a Chicago outplacement firm.  


?Challenger says many husbands of successful women struggle with being uprooted12 from their families, friends and work, and assuming a new role in a new environment.  

?"Many have a difficult time being the trailing spouse5 because of ego13 and role issues, and often the world doesn't understand it or accept it, so it makes it harder," Challenger says. 

?Valerina Quintana of the University of Arizona's career development center winces14 at the phrase "trailing spouse," because "it sounds like the appendage15 of a kite." Quintana's office helped 34 "accompanying partners" of new university employees find work last fiscal16 year. Men and women handle relocations differently, she says. 

?"Women let me know the emotionality around the move," Quintana says. "With men, it's more matter-of-fact. They are very focused on finding a position." 

?Breidenbach, who left MicroAge, used BofA's relocation services but ultimately found a management position at a Dallas software firm via the Internet. He took a month off between jobs to get his family established. 

?"He picked up all the traditional women responsibilities - checking out day care, taking the kids to the park, meeting with the (house) builder," says Gillian Breidenbach. "He's extremely proud of what I do and extremely supportive." 

?Challenger says expressing your feelings before a move is crucial, as is becoming involved in your community quickly after it: "If you're going to look for a job, you should engage in the process immediately and not look back. Take a class, join a church, meet people and get meaning in your life." 

?Lori Hartman lived apart from her husband John in five cities for seven years while her career took off. The couple have been together for seven years in Phoenix, where they both now work for Avnet. Trust and respect made the long separations possible. 

 "I feel like we're settled, but I'd love to pack up and go to Europe or Singapore or Hong Kong to work," Hartman says. 


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1 phoenix 7Njxf     
n.凤凰,长生(不死)鸟;引申为重生
参考例句:
  • The airline rose like a phoenix from the ashes.这家航空公司又起死回生了。
  • The phoenix worship of China is fetish worship not totem adoration.中国凤崇拜是灵物崇拜而非图腾崇拜。
2 corporate 7olzl     
adj.共同的,全体的;公司的,企业的
参考例句:
  • This is our corporate responsibility.这是我们共同的责任。
  • His corporate's life will be as short as a rabbit's tail.他的公司的寿命是兔子尾巴长不了。
3 vice NU0zQ     
n.坏事;恶习;[pl.]台钳,老虎钳;adj.副的
参考例句:
  • He guarded himself against vice.他避免染上坏习惯。
  • They are sunk in the depth of vice.他们堕入了罪恶的深渊。
4 census arnz5     
n.(官方的)人口调查,人口普查
参考例句:
  • A census of population is taken every ten years.人口普查每10年进行一次。
  • The census is taken one time every four years in our country.我国每四年一次人口普查。
5 spouse Ah6yK     
n.配偶(指夫或妻)
参考例句:
  • Her spouse will come to see her on Sunday.她的丈夫星期天要来看她。
  • What is the best way to keep your spouse happy in the marriage?在婚姻中保持配偶幸福的最好方法是什么?
6 spouses 3fbe4097e124d44af1bc18e63e898b65     
n.配偶,夫或妻( spouse的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Jobs are available for spouses on campus and in the community. 校园里和社区里有配偶可做的工作。 来自辞典例句
  • An astonishing number of spouses-most particularly in the upper-income brackets-have no close notion of their husbands'paychecks. 相当大一部分妇女——特别在高收入阶层——并不很了解他们丈夫的薪金。 来自辞典例句
7 derive hmLzH     
v.取得;导出;引申;来自;源自;出自
参考例句:
  • We derive our sustenance from the land.我们从土地获取食物。
  • We shall derive much benefit from reading good novels.我们将从优秀小说中获得很大好处。
8 renaissance PBdzl     
n.复活,复兴,文艺复兴
参考例句:
  • The Renaissance was an epoch of unparalleled cultural achievement.文艺复兴是一个文化上取得空前成就的时代。
  • The theme of the conference is renaissance Europe.大会的主题是文艺复兴时期的欧洲。
9 interfere b5lx0     
v.(in)干涉,干预;(with)妨碍,打扰
参考例句:
  • If we interfere, it may do more harm than good.如果我们干预的话,可能弊多利少。
  • When others interfere in the affair,it always makes troubles. 别人一卷入这一事件,棘手的事情就来了。
10 flexibility vjPxb     
n.柔韧性,弹性,(光的)折射性,灵活性
参考例句:
  • Her great strength lies in her flexibility.她的优势在于她灵活变通。
  • The flexibility of a man's muscles will lessen as he becomes old.人老了肌肉的柔韧性将降低。
11 workforce workforce     
n.劳动大军,劳动力
参考例句:
  • A large part of the workforce is employed in agriculture.劳动人口中一大部分受雇于农业。
  • A quarter of the local workforce is unemployed.本地劳动力中有四分之一失业。
12 uprooted e0d29adea5aedb3a1fcedf8605a30128     
v.把(某物)连根拔起( uproot的过去式和过去分词 );根除;赶走;把…赶出家园
参考例句:
  • Many people were uprooted from their homes by the flood. 水灾令许多人背井离乡。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The hurricane blew with such force that trees were uprooted. 飓风强烈地刮着,树都被连根拔起了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
13 ego 7jtzw     
n.自我,自己,自尊
参考例句:
  • He is absolute ego in all thing.在所有的事情上他都绝对自我。
  • She has been on an ego trip since she sang on television.她上电视台唱过歌之后就一直自吹自擂。
14 winces aa68d3811154d85da7609e9eb1057ae9     
避开,畏缩( wince的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • He winces at the memory of that experience. 他一回想起那番经历就畏缩起来。
  • He winces at the memory of that defeat. 一想到那次失败他就畏缩了。
15 appendage KeJy7     
n.附加物
参考例句:
  • After their work,the calculus was no longer an appendage and extension of Greek geometry.经过他们的工作,微积分不再是古希腊几何的附庸和延展。
  • Macmillan must have loathed being judged as a mere appendage to domestic politics.麦克米伦肯定极不喜欢只被当成国内政治的附属品。
16 fiscal agbzf     
adj.财政的,会计的,国库的,国库岁入的
参考例句:
  • The increase of taxation is an important fiscal policy.增税是一项重要的财政政策。
  • The government has two basic strategies of fiscal policy available.政府有两个可行的财政政策基本战略。
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