ERIC Number: ED170079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Women in Rural America.
Rural America, Inc., Washington, DC.
In rural America 34 million culturally and economically diverse women share the common problem of unfair treatment based on sex. Although in recent years women have begun to question the social attitudes limiting their aspirations, a formidable gap exists between their expectations and the archaic legal, social, and economic policies that continue to discrminate against women. These problems are compounded when placed in a rural setting. A substantial number of rural women, particularly black and those of other minorities, are engaged in a desperate struggle for economic survival. A comprehensive federal effort is needed to provide them entry and mobility into the nation's labor market. Adjustable working conditions, recognition of the special physical and emotional pressures working women are under, and day care facilities are also considerations policymakers must address. Rural women also need help in expanding beyond the traditional stereotyped women's roles into entry into traditional male occupations. Special health care services should go beyond programs associated with pregnancy to include general gynecological and internal care for women of all ages. Changes should be made in such discriminatory legal practices as the inheritance tax structure and lenient enforcement of child support and alimony payments. Special attention should be focused on the plight of the elderly, black, native American and hispanic women, especially those whose lives are tied to migrant farmwork and domestic services. Above all, rural women must become involved in the government and community planning process and work to bring about the needed changes. (Author/DS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rural America, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: Working paper prepared for "Strategies for Rural America", National Conference on Rural America (3rd, Washington, D. C., 5-7 December 1977)