ERIC Number: ED179718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Working Women Speak: Education, Training, Counseling. A Report on Six Regional Dialogues Sponsored by the National Commission on Working Women.
Issues and findings are synthesized from six invitational regional dialogues attended by 730 representatives of the 80% of women in the work force who are concentrated in low-paying, low-status jobs. The discussion of the needs and concerns of this population makes reference to (1) answers to questionnaires (appended, together with compiled data breakdown) distributed at the dialogues; (2) recorded discussion and documentation that occurred in the small-group sessions of each dialogue; and (3) panel discussion and dialogue with participants. Topics covered include barriers to participation in postsecondary education and training, such as faculty attitudes, admissions practices, and lack of money and time. Other problems discussed are lack of on-the-job training opportunities, compounded by lack of opportunities for women once trained; discrimination; lack of counseling and biased or traditional counseling attitudes to women; and why some "solutions," such as educational benefits on the job, have not worked. The report gives recommendations arising from the dialogues, including (1) strong enforcement of federal anti-discrimination laws; (2) a demonstration program to establish costs and benefits of stimulating, by tax and other incentives, employer subsidies for employee education and training; (3) funding to augment local counseling service availability, especially to promote nontraditional occupations; (4) government support for flexible working hours; (5) government support for more child care services; and (6) greater range and availability of training courses during evening and weekend hours. (CP)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Career Counseling, Clerical Workers, Dialogs (Literary), Discussion Groups, Educational Needs, Employed Women, Employee Attitudes, Females, Information Needs, Job Satisfaction, Needs, Nontraditional Occupations, Postsecondary Education, Public Opinion, Semiskilled Workers, Service Workers, Social Discrimination, Unskilled Workers, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Advisory Council on Women's Educational Programs, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Working Women, Washington, DC.
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