ERIC Number: ED201414
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct-26
Reference Count: 0
Meeting the Needs of Rural Women: An Emerging Area of Concern for the 1980's.
"Women Times Three--Women Working, Raising Children, Growing Older," a project conceived by the Saint Francis College Social Work Program, was implemented via 12 town meetings in 3 communities in Pennsylvania's Cambria County over a 3-month period in 1977. The project's purpose was to provide a low-key forum wherein both women and men of Appalachia could discuss, in an atmosphere of mutual trust and tolerance, sensitive issues raised by their changing status and life styles and the impact of public policies. The goal was achieved by using scholars in humanistic disciplines as moderators to facilitate discussion and clarify debate. The total attendance of 564 was above expectations, since this was an unaccustomed type of program for the area and the audiences; about half of those attending filled out a two-page evaluative questionnaire on the program. It proved possible to attract rural people to open-ended community discussion forums where they were willing to participate and be free of cynicism. The project served as a learning experience for social work students, for seminarians preparing for Third World service, and for participating academic humanists. The communities showed a strong interest and concern about women's changing roles and a desire for more public service discussions. (AN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Appalachia; Pennsylvania; Town Meetings
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology (4th, Johnstown, PA, October 26, 1979).