ERIC Number: ED104627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Changes in Labor Force Characteristics of Women in Low-Income Rural Areas of the South. Southern Cooperative Series Bulletin 185.
Terry, Geraldine B.; Charlton, J. L.
Changes between 1960 and 1966 in the labor force characteristics of women in low-income rural areas of Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee were examined. Within a rural milieu, characterized by low income and high out-migration, the study determined the: (1) scope, social characteristics, and nature of mobility and its effects on the residual female labor force of the initial sample loss from 1960 to 1966; and (2) changes in the patterns of labor force participation, occupational distribution, and mobility of women, and their relation to such variables as age, education, marital status, and stages of the family life cycle. Three to six counties were selected within each state, based primarily on their rurality and low income. Data were obtained from 1,295 households interviewed in 1960 and 838 households in 1966. Among the findings were: (1) one of the most important influences on a woman's employment was her position in the family; (2) for those women who worked, educational attainment and race had more bearing on occupational choice than did family position; and (3) the difference between the labor force participation rate of farm wives and other women decreased considerably between 1960 and 1966. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, Fayetteville.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Mississippi; North Carolina; Tennessee