ERIC Number: ED193437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
The Perceived Benefits of Paid Employment to Women in Working Class Jobs.
Walshok, Mary Lindenstein
A two-year longitudinal study of 200 working women in California urban areas represents an effort to understand the processes by which specific interests and commitments to paid employment develop. Data from intensive personal interviews with women in traditional and nontraditional occupations should indicate factors which facilitate the entry of women into nontraditional blue collar and working class jobs. Attention is given to the question of the general meaning of paid employment in the lives of all working women and how these women relate employment to other roles. Responses thus far from working women, both married and unmarried, have revealed a "cluster of motives or values" as to the significance of paid employment. They include (1) economic concerns, (2) desire to "get out and do something," (3) desire for outside communication and friendship, (4) desire for challenge and satisfaction, and (5) need for achievement and recognition. Among these women, family life and paid employment are the primary realms since their world is very circumscribed. Low income and working class women living in urban society are finding, however, decreasing satisfaction in traditional homemaking roles. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Not available in paper copy due to broken print. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (February 1976). For related documents see CE 026 503 and CE 026 529.