ERIC Number: ED129697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Women in Working Class Ethnic Communities. "Controversial Issues Kit" No. 2.
Risinger, C. Frederick
This kit provides a summary of a scholarly paper, discussion questions, and activities to promote constructive debate between scholars and ethnic groups about the role of women in working class ethnic communities. The paper identifies these women as descendants of immigrant women who still live in large industrial centers of the East and Midwest. Although they are regarded as "traditional" and "passive," their role in history shows that they were instrumental in supplementing or providing the only family income and in keeping their families and social organizations strong and active. The feminist movement does not include them, but social changes occurring at the present time are harming their personal identity and self-concept. Their husbands are threatened because some wives must work fulltime to help meet the cost of living. They are aggressively active about socioeconomic concerns. Questions relevant to the lives of these women include the effect of the Equal Rights Amendment and the diluting effect on ethnicity from participation in the permanent job force. One of the six related activities involves comparing marriage expectations of ethnic women when they were age 20 to what they expect today. (AV)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Jewish Committee, New York, NY. Inst. on Pluralism and Group Identity.
Note: For related documents, see SO 009 475-478