Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Melanie Mills


Mentoring is an old tool used to advance the education and/or careers of individuals that dates back to ancient Greece; it has recently reemerged in organizational and business settings. I examine mentoring relationships among women in the public relations profession. In this study my purpose is to determine how women are affected in a same sex mentoring relationship in the public relations field. One hundred surveys were distributed to female practitioners in the New York and Chicago areas. Thirty-five were returned, yielding a 35% response rate. In addition, six in depth interviews were conducted with six female public relations professionals to further investigate same sex mentoring relationships. Qualitative results indicate no significant difference for women in career functions between same sex and cross sex mentoring relationships. However, quantitative results indicate that women benefit differently from the psychosocial functions of same sex mentoring relationships than those provided by cross sex relationships.