ERIC Number: ED222783
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Women Entering Agriculture: A Study of College Graduates.
Thompson, Orville E.; And Others
A study examined the educational and labor market experiences of female graduates of agricultural programs. During the study, researchers interviewed 95 female and 84 male graduates of agricultural programs at 3 community colleges and 6 universities in California between the years 1977 and 1979. Survey participants were asked to supply various demographic data as well as information pertaining to the agricultural program from which they graduated, job-related experiences, and recommendations to women entering agriculture. It was found that women were concentrated in plant science, animal science, and ornamental horticulture programs whereas men, although also included in these programs, tended to enroll in more management-oriented programs. Nearly twice as many male students as female students had actual farm backgrounds. While the females perceived little sexism in the educational setting, the situation changed upon their entry or attempted entry into the labor force. Emerging from the study was evidence of wide discrepancies in wage rates between men and women, disproportional promotions and pay raises, and subtle hiring discrimination against women. Recommendations included calls for more internship programs for women and for recruitment of women instructors into all program areas. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Univ., Davis. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Davis. Dept. of Applied Behavioral Sciences.