ERIC Number: ED167322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Campesinas: Women Farmworkers in the California Agricultural Labor Force. Report of a Study Project by The California Commission on the Status of Women.
Barton, Amy E.
A one year descriptive study of demographic characteristics, employment situations, and supportive services needs of women farmworkers in the California labor force was conducted in 1977-78. Data were collected in interviews with both employers and 400 women and 200 men engaged in farmwork in Fresno and Imperial Counties. Most of the women were of Mexican extraction, were between 21 and 29 years of age, and had between one and seven years of school. Their average annual income was just under $3000, yet over one-third were heads of households. Confined to lower paying jobs of a more sporadic nature, they had annual incomes two-thirds less than that of male farmworkers. The women lacked upward job mobility; employers believed the higher paying, more skilled tasks were beyond a woman's physical capabilities. The women themselves felt capable of pursuing physically demanding work. Some tables in this document summarize responses by male and female workers to questions on such topics as ethnic background, age, religion, marital status, earnings, experience, education, housing, crops worked, union interests, job training, and types of work done. Fifteen tables present responses made by employers on questions concerning such areas as farm size and type, years in farming, and attitudes toward various aspects of employment of women workers. (DS)
Descriptors: Agricultural Laborers, Demography, Employed Women, Employer Attitudes, Employment Practices, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Females, Field Interviews, Mexican Americans, Migrant Workers, Needs Assessment, Occupational Mobility, Poverty, Research Projects, Seasonal Laborers, Social Services, Socioeconomic Background, Statistical Data, Surveys, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Employment Development Dept., Los Angeles.
Authoring Institution: California State Commission on the Status of Women, Sacramento.