ERIC Number: ED159097
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Women and Work in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century America: A Course for High School Students.
DaGue, Elizabeth L.
This document describes an interdisciplinary English and history course on women and work in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is designed for 11th and 12th grade students and it includes ideas suitable for use with college bound or vocationally oriented students. A major objective of the course is to help students analyze their ideas on work and job stereotyping so that they will combat traditional limitations placed on women in the work force. The unit begins by presenting sources of statistics for describing the current earnings gap between men and women. Then suggestions are given for student assignments on analyzing the portrayal of women in television. Much of the unit is devoted to an analysis of the middle class ideal of a lady as contrasted with the real life of women exhibited through occupational types: houseworker/motherworker, farmworker laborer, frontier builder, industrial worker, plantation mistress, slave, teacher, lawyer, and doctor. The unit concludes with a section on women and the law. Teachers are encouraged to have students read about sexist legal decisions and about workers' civil rights. These are used as an introduction to a discussion on the Equal Rights Amendment. This course description suggests many appropriate books for each of the themes in the unit. (Author/BC)
Descriptors: College Bound Students, Course Descriptions, Employed Women, English Curriculum, Ethnic Studies, Feminism, Grade 11, Grade 12, Interdisciplinary Approach, Nineteenth Century Literature, Secondary Education, Sex Discrimination, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Students, Twentieth Century Literature, United States History, Units of Study, Womens History, Womens Studies
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Conference on Ethnic and Minority Studies (Sixth, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, April 19-22, 1978)