ERIC Number: ED170508
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Utilization of Women in Industrial Career Fields. Final Report for Period 14 March 1977-28 April 1978.
Polit, Denise; And Others
To expand the use of women in nontraditional industrial careers, the U.S. Air Force examined the questions of recruiting, selecting, and training women for traditionally male blue collar work. An extensive review of the literature revealed that little empirical data on the effectiveness of various administrative policies had been collected. The Air Force also collected original data concerning civilian policies on the use of women in nontraditional industrial careers. A pilot study was performed in which information was collected from three industrial corporations employing a significant number of women in skilled industrial jobs; questionnaires were administered to personnel administrators, frontline supervisors, and managers. Based on the literature review, the data analysis, and recommendations by respondents in the pilot study, it was recommended that the Air Force (among other things) (1) offer extensive counseling to new recruits and enlisted women, (2) emphasize the positive aspects of nontraditional jobs such as good pay and job security, (3) sensitize key personnel to Air Force policies affecting women, (4) communicate Air Force policies concerning women in a highly visible manner, (5) eliminate sexist language from all Air Force communications, and (6) perform an organizational audit to gather data on Air Force policies affecting women and identify where the biggest problem areas are. (Appended are a partially annotated bibliography, the methodology for the literature review, and the pilot study instruments.) (Author/LMS)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Annotated Bibliographies, Blue Collar Occupations, Change Strategies, Employed Women, Employment Opportunities, Employment Practices, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Females, Industrial Personnel, Industrial Training, Literature Reviews, Males, Military Personnel, Nontraditional Occupations, Personnel Selection, Pilot Projects
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Brooks AFB, TX. Personnel Research Div.
Authoring Institution: Boston Coll., Chestnut Hill, MA. Lab. for Statistical and Policy Research.