ERIC Number: ED052883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Employment of Rural Farm Wives.
Sweet, James A.
For the most part an analysis of data from the 1960 Census of Population and Housing, this paper compared the employment rates of married farm women with those of married nonfarm women, the employment rates of rural farm women in different kinds of geographic areas, and the effects of a variety of individual characteristics on the employment probability of rural farm wives. The analysis, in part, revealed that rural farm women were employed in large and growing proportions; variations in rural farm employment rates were quite similar to variations among urban women; women married to men with nonfarm jobs had higher employment rates than those in farm jobs; and there was a variation in the employment of wives of men in different kinds of farming activities. According to the analysis, further research should focus on such areas as (1) differential employment rates and patterns among different rural areas in relation to supply-and-demand factors, (2) high levels of fertility and fewer employment opportunities in rural areas, (3) employed women having jobs that are less than commensurate with their education, and (4) scarcity of professional and clerical employment opportunities in rural areas causing well-educated women to leave for the city. (JB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.
Note: Paper presented at 1971 Annual Meeting of Rural Sociological Society, Denver, Colorado