ERIC Number: ED247185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
"Caught Up in Our Own Myth": The Birth and Death of Dayton Women Working.
The history of Dayton Women Working (DWW) illustrates both the achievements and failures of contemporary feminist organization. Established in 1975 to address the problems of low wages, sex discrimination, and unfair working conditions facing women in Dayton (Ohio), DWW focused on a broad range of activities including publishing a quarterly newsletter, distributing leaflets in factories and office buildings, holding job counseling clinics, and conducting boycotts. In 1977, Dayton Women Working, as a result of membership in the National Women's Employment Project (NWEP), narrowed its attention to federal employment legislation and programs. Among DWW's and NWEP's major successes was a case study of discrimination against women in the banking industry. By 1980, DWW had effectively ceased to exist, a result of excess dependence on federal funding, lack of focus, lack of an active membership, and a leadership which did not reflect the background or elicit the contributions of its own membership. (LP)
Descriptors: Activism, Community Organizations, Employed Women, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Practices, Employment Problems, Females, Feminism, Organizational Climate, Organizational Effectiveness, Sex Discrimination, Social Action, Social History, Social Problems, Wages, Womens History, Womens Studies
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dayton Women Working
Note: Paper presented at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women (6th, North Hampton, MA, June 1984).