It is ironic that a front-page story in The Post {Dec. 6} reports on a study that women are more "depression-prone" than men, while a back-page article reports that a Labor Department study looking at "glass ceiling" barriers to women in corporate management has been put on hold.

Sounds like the results of these studies could add up to the same old canard: Women are too emotional and "psychologically unreliable" to handle top management jobs. I would hope that comparative studies are being done on how men handle the pressures and stresses of their personal and business lives. ELLEN BERLOW Washington

In The Post's article on women and depression, Alan Leshner, acting director of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration, seems reluctant to accept the findings of the American Psychological Association study implying that culture is a key factor. Could it be because he is a man, and male domination has worked well for him?

Even without this study women have known that it is the male domination in every societal institution that has caused their depression. It's nice that social science has now said it so that the obvious truth can now receive some respect.

Now the trick is to translate these study findings into equal respect for women so that the bleak block of depression will disappear. One would think that someone would notice that lies don't work to solve problems.

These study results are a welcome relief to the women who have known all along -- through sexual harassment, employment discrimination, substantially lower money power, political power, lesser status in nearly all of the world's religions, being in slavery to men in large portions of the world -- that the arrogant assertion of raw power and domination by men, physically, economically, politically and any other way destroys the happiness of men, women and children throughout any society that tolerates such atrocious injustice. RHONA L. PAVIS Chevy Chase