ERIC Number: ED189300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-May
Reference Count: 0
Population Dispersal: What's in It for Career-Oriented Women?
West, Donald A.; Price, Dorothy Z.
A study examined the 1972-73 employment of 535 female 1965 and 1966 high school graduates in non-metropolitan Washington. Findings revealed that although there were fewer job opportunities in rural areas, there appeared to be little difference between women working full- or part-time, their level of earnings, or job satisfaction when geographic location was the intervening variable. Data for the study were collected through use of a mail survey. Results of the study indicate that although the more populous places have more employment available, the relative proportion of women working full or part-time, job satisfaction, and earnings was quite similar across all community sizes. Three-fifths of the sample were employed, and three-fourths of those were employed full-time. Less than half of those on farms or rural areas were employed as compared to two-thirds in large cities. Full-time homemaking appears to be an acceptable alternative for women in non-metropolitan areas, since women in this role experienced considerable job satisfaction. However, a comparison with a sample of older women is recommended before conclusions are drawn regarding full-time homemaking as a first choice for career-oriented women. (MEK)
Descriptors: Careers, Demography, Employed Women, Employment Level, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Employment Statistics, Females, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, Homemakers, Job Satisfaction, Occupational Surveys, Part Time Employment, Population Trends, Rural Areas, Salaries, State Surveys, Urban to Rural Migration, Wages
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nonmetropolitan Areas; Washington