ERIC Number: ED239010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Occupational Prestige of Women Immigrants: A Comparison of Cubans and Mexicans. Paper Number 5.009.
Sullivan, Teresa A.
This paper analyzes the occupational prestige of United States female labor force participants who were born in Cuba or Mexico, and who were at least 25 years old at the time of their immigration between 1945 and 1970. The age limitation, combined with schooling, provides a proxy for social class and for complete socialization into the home culture. Data are drawn from a 1/100 1970 Public Use Sample, corrected for allocation. The dependent variable is "NORC," or Hodge-Siegel-Rossi prestige scores, for 1970 Census occupational codes. Independent variables include age, U.S. experience, residence in the South, vocational training, weeks worked, completed schooling, and high school/college completion. Predicted prestige scores, controlled for social class, narrow the prestige score gap between Cuban and Mexican women, but increase the gap between immigrant men and women. The data suggest that the social mobility process for female immigrants may differ from that for males, partly because cultural barriers to "pink collar" jobs of nominally higher status restrict women's mobility. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Population Research Center.
Note: Paper prepared for presentation at the Annual Meeting, Population Association of America (Pittsburgh, PA, April 14-16, 1983).