ERIC Number: ED216157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Discovering the 80%. Final Project Report by the National Commission on Working Women, 1977-1980.
National Inst. for Work and Learning, Washington, DC.; National Commission on Working Women, Washington, DC.
Phase 1 of the National Commission on Working Women (NCWW) process for change was dedicated to learning and communicating problems of the 33 million women (80% of the female workforce) who are in the lowest paying and least regarded jobs. Three principal means were developed to reach as many of the 80% as possible: regional dialogues, national survey, and letters. NCWW identified four areas of prime concern: low wages and benefits; lack of personal support systems; lack of quality, affordable child care; and inaccessibility of appropriate education and training opportunities. Two specific strategies were created to effectively utilize the information collected. The first was linked with NCWW's on-going public awareness program. Mechanisms established were a slide tape presentation, news bureau, quarterly publication, Annual Women at Work Broadcast Awards Program, public testimony, and informal speakers bureau. The second strategy was design and testing of action-based model programs, including Research Roundtable on Working Women, Career Counseling for Clerical Workers, state/local dialogues with working women, Conference on Community Solutions for Child Care, education/career advisement of working women, and personal skills training. Major elements of phase 2 will include leadership skills training and development of policy options papers. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC. Educational Policy and Organization Program.
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Work and Learning, Washington, DC.; National Commission on Working Women, Washington, DC.