ERIC Number: ED191786
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Women and the Future: Changing Sex Roles in Modern America.
Giele, Janet Zollinger
This book identifies, analyzes, and evaluates the changes in the status of women in government, work, the family, and the cultural system. It is intended for persons interested in any aspect of women's studies or sex roles. American women today have a greater voice in politics than at any earlier point in history. But signs of inequality in actual representation of women's interests are still evident. Women account for less than ten percent of all state legislators and less than five percent of congress. Numerous studies by political scientists show that females are less well informed and less active in politics than men. More women are now engaged in pay work than ever before. Forty eight percent of all women now work for pay. However, there are great sex differences in pay and promotion and husbands are not helping with the housework. Despite advances in recent years, most women today continue to occupy a relatively low rung on the social ladder. To help the sexes realize full equality, the book explores two major strategies for change: 1) making a greater effort to redistribute women and men between the peripheral and core positions of society (through such devices as "affirmative action"), and 2) attempting to redistribute social rewards by upgrading the roles of women (giving due recognition and respect to positions which society now views as having little or no importance such as secretaries and housewives.) (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Employment, Family Role, Females, Feminism, Futures (of Society), Government (Administrative Body), History, Politics, Sex Role, Social Change, Womens Studies
The Free Press, A Division of Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., New York, NY 10022 ($14.95)
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Radcliffe Inst., Cambridge, MA.; Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Dept. of Sociology.; Brandeis Univ., Waltham, MA. Florence Heller Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare.