ERIC Number: ED155127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Commissions for Women: Participation of Racial and Ethnic Minority Women in Membership and Program Activities.
Women's Bureau (DOL), Washington, DC.
The results of a survey of existing membership and program practices of all active commissions for women conducted by the National Association of Commissions for Women (NACW) are summarized. The three-part survey was the NACW's first step in encouraging and promoting appointments of racial and ethnic minority women to local and state women's commissions. Part one, presenting the ethnic and racial membership composition of current state, county, and municipal commissions, indicates that of the 64 responding commissions, minority women composed about 20% of the membership. Geographic influences on commission membership are also briefly noted. Part two of the survey sought information about general program activities of the commissions. A list of responses, showing the relative frequency with which each activity was reported, indicates that "employment" and "women and the law" were most frequently reported, and "housing" was least. The last part of the survey asked specifically for a brief description of past, present, or planned activities affecting racial and ethnic minority women. Seven of the most frequently reported activities are mentioned along with the states, counties, and municipalities involved in each. A number of special comments taken from the questionnaires concludes the survey summary. Appendices include a copy of the questionnaire, a cover letter distributed with the questionnaire, and a list of currently active state, county, and municipal commissions. (BC)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Citizen Participation, Community Organizations, Ethnic Status, Ethnicity, Females, Feminism, Minority Group Influences, Minority Groups, Needs Assessment, Program Development, Public Agencies, Questionnaires, Race, Racial Composition, Social Integration, State Agencies, Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Women's Bureau (DOL), Washington, DC.
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