ERIC Number: ED160691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
The Convergence to Racial Equality in Women's Wages. P-6026.
Smith, James P.
Using statistical analyses of 1960 and 1970 census data, this paper explores reasons for the remarkable rise in the relative wage of black women in the United States. Education, government employment, geographical region of residence (South or non-South), and hours worked are the four variables employed. The analytical framework of the study is detailed. A comparison of occupational distributions reveals that the proportion of black women in domestic service has declined significantly and that over half of this decline was offset by expanded employment of blacks as clericals, secretaries and typists. More competitive (with white women) levels of schooling, the rapid rise in black wages in the South, and the success of affirmative action are cited as major reasons for the improved overall economic position of black women. (KR)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Black Employment, Census Figures, Cohort Analysis, Comparative Analysis, Employed Women, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Household Workers, Racial Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Statistical Analysis, Wages
The Rand Corporation, 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90406 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
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