ERIC Number: ED192001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Report on Wellesley Conference on Equal Pay and Equal Opportunity Policy in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe.
Ratner, Ronnie Steinberg
After a brief discussion of conference background and structure, these proceedings identify and summarize equal pay and employment policy issues discussed at a four-day working conference of sixty-five people from twelve advanced industrialized countries. Focus is on progress to date and alternative strategies for implementing policies. Strategies discussed include implementing equal employment policy (EEP) as legislation, government regulation, collective agreement, and training programs for women. Specific topics covered include facilitation of equal employment policy in work organizations by the awareness of federal laws and regulations, establishment of goals and timetables for action, development of an EEP policy, analysis of the company's utilization of women, monitoring EEP plans versus results, identification of special problem areas in utilizing women, and changes in personnel practices. Alternative arrangements of working hours, job sharing experiments, and guaranteed paid leaves are examined. The effect of the current recession on EEP and the underevaluation of women's work are treated. Issues listed as unresolved are preference for an EEP encompassing short or long-term perspectives, means for EEP implementation, and goals and priorities. The issues of the double burden of the working woman in work and family life, the unionization of working women, and the broadening of EEP goals are examined in greater depth in the conclusion. Statistics on labor force composition, wage gaps and unemployment, and current machinery for EEP implementation are appended. (MN)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington, DC.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.
Identifiers: Canada; Europe (West); United States