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Japanese Firms Have Given U.S. Offices More Freedom Than One Might Expect

July 31, 1988

While Andrea Liebman grits her teeth and pretends to preside over a dinner party while serving tea to Japanese businessmen, (Letters, "When It Comes to Working for the Japanese, Old Stereotypes Are Neither Useful Nor Valid," July 17) I grind mine, in deference to all of us who spent our working lives hoping for an improvement of woman's lot in the workplace. She epitomizes the worst result of that strife--a fancy title, low pay and low self-esteem--(bolstered with an occasional pat on the back).

Liebman's "feminist" goals will only be reached by standing tall and proud, demanding equal pay for equal work and by realizing that the males in her office who assist with the tea only do it because there aren't any other females around and the bosses are thirsty. Hasn't anyone told her that the dinner party is over?

MONA WENZEL

Los Angeles

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