ERIC Number: ED263262
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Black Women in a High Tech World. A New Frontier.
Peer Report, n3 1982.
The work environment of the 1980s is changing rapidly as a result of technological advancement. These developments are eliminating many jobs once held by Black women, and creating new jobs for which many Black women are unprepared. Although Black women are making some inroads into the technical labor market (the percentage of Black women among all female computer specialists increased from 6.5 percent in 1972 to 9.3 percent in 1980), they are still underrepresented among engineers, technicians, and economists. For Black women, lack of mathematics training can be seen as a barricade which prevents access to the new technological jobs. Others issues related to the educational preparation of Black women for the new job market are: (1) the need to provide career counseling to help students understand how much math preparation they need for college and what is available in the job market; (2) the low math and science requirements of the local school systems; (3) the shortage of qualified math teachers; and (4) low high school completion rates, particularly for Black women. To overcome these problems and ensure Black women an active leadership role in the future world, an organized, concerted effort is required. (KH)
Descriptors: Blacks, Career Development, Economic Opportunities, Education Work Relationship, Employment Opportunities, Females, High Schools, Labor Market, Mathematics Education, Student Needs, Technological Advancement
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Publication Type: Reports - General; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Women's Educational Equity Act Program (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, Washington, DC. Project on Equal Education Rights.