ERIC Number: ED246211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Status and Contributions of American Women in the Economy, 1950-1953.
Keyserling, Mary Dublin
Although the role of women in the American economy has come a long way in the years since 1950, women have made relatively little progress in quite a number of areas. In the years during and after World War II, women's employment has increased significantly, with married women being the ones who have entered the work force most rapidly. Despite the rapid rise in women's labor-force participation, working women remain concentrated in traditionally female-dominated, relatively low-paying occupational fields. A large majority of women work because they need money; however, the median annual income of women still lags far behind that of their male counterparts. Contrary to popular belief, the rapid increase in the employment of women has not been accompanied by a rise in family living standards or by a decline in the poverty level. The plight of elderly women is especially serious, with the median income of women over the age of 65 being equal to 58 percent of that of males in the same age group (1982). Recent events such as the proliferation of comparable worth cases and Congressional recognition of the inequalities of Federal pay scales provide hope that wage discrimination against women will lessen significantly over the years to come. (MN)
Descriptors: Demography, Economic Development, Economic Factors, Economic Status, Employed Women, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Employment Problems, Females, Influences, Labor Force, Living Standards, Needs Assessment, Older Adults, Poverty, Public Policy, Quality of Life, Salary Wage Differentials, Sex Discrimination, Sex Role, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Comparable Worth
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Women, the Economy, and Public Policy (Washington, DC, June 19-20, 1984). For other conference papers, see CE 039 189-191.