ERIC Number: ED200110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar-20
The Evolution of Roles and Aspirations: Burgeoning Choices for Females.
Scott, Robert A.
Traditional female status, roles, and aspirations and changes that have occurred in American society are traced. While women were barred from colleges and universities in the 1800's, they now account for more than 50 percent of college students. It is projected that by the year 2000, women will represent an even larger percentage of the college population, and that if this change is accompanied by a rise in aspirations, there will be consequences for traditional female jobs. It is suggested that labor participation rates for females will probably continue to rise since there are more single women, more working couples, smaller families with fewer demands at home, inflation, and increased opportunities for women to use their skills in the work force. Both opportunities and aspirations will probably increase as equal rights legislation has its effect, as the predicted decline in high school graduates affects both college enrollment and the demand for skilled workers, as female role models become even more widely visible, and as the collective consciousness of the nation grows in its acceptance of women as leaders. The state can play a role in this process by providing financial aid in the form of grants and can provide loan forgiveness to those who take employment in certain fields, in certain settings, for certain periods of time. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Panel presentation at the Annual Forum of Indiana Health Careers, Inc. (Indianapolis, IN, March 20, 1980).