ERIC Number: ED245973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Women as Workers.
Barrett, Nancy S.
This examination of structural changes in the U.S. economy and its effect on the role of working women presents a policy agenda for alleviating some of the economic strains facing today's working woman. Material is arranged into 3 parts. Part 1 provides an historical backdrop and discusses women's shift out of housework, women as providers, and the social and institutional environment. Part 2 focuses on problems facing today's working women including inequity in pay; climbing poverty rates among female-headed households; a high and growing incidence of poverty among elderly women; a lack of support services, most notably child care and care for the elderly; lack of flexibility in work arrangements to accommodate family responsibilities; low pay rates and absence of fringe benefits for part-time workers; and inequities in tax laws, social security, and pension plans. Part 3, policy agenda for working women, presents specific policy recommendations supporting increases in full employment; employment opportunities; pay equity; child care and other support services; alternative work schedules; tax, social security, and pension equity; and a restructuring of the welfare system. Tables showing labor force participation rates of women from 1950-1982, probability of labor force entry and exit by females 16 years of age and older, and percentage rates of employed workers on part-time schedules are also included. (LH)
Descriptors: Day Care, Displaced Homemakers, Dual Career Family, Employed Parents, Employed Women, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Fatherless Family, Flexible Working Hours, Heads of Households, Labor Force, Older Adults, Part Time Employment, Policy Formation, Poverty, Reentry Workers, Retirement Benefits, Salary Wage Differentials, Sex Discrimination, Social Attitudes, Social History, Social Services, Socioeconomic Influences, Underemployment
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Women, the Economy, and Public Policy (Washington, DC, June 19-20, 1984).