ERIC Number: ED200681
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Euro-Ethnic Women: Some Observations.
This paper focuses on the situation of working class women of southern and eastern European descent in the United States. Particular problems faced by immigrant women and their female descendants in their efforts to preserve ethnic culture while adapting to the American social and economic system are discussed. Also considered are the contradictions experienced by working class ethnic women, strongly tied to a tradition that encouraged them to submerge their egos to their husbands' and families' needs, in a modern society that emphasizes self, personal fulfillment, and individual goal attainment. The importance of urban ethnic neighborhoods and communities to their residents' social lives and cultural identities is stressed. Changing demographic patterns and upward socioeconomic mobility are described as contributing to the loss of neighborhood and community and the subsequent disruption in ethnic women's lives. It is suggested, in conclusion, that ethnic women's problems resemble the conditions faced by all working class and minority women, and that the resolution of these problems lies in the reordering of national priorities in order to strengthen communities and enhance the quality of daily life. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Euro Americans; Working Class
Note: Not available separately; see UD 021 324. Paper presented at a consultation sponsored by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Chicago, IL, December 3, 1979).