ERIC Number: ED342970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Thoughts on the Education of Women in the United States in the 1990's.
Cassara, Beverly Benner
About 30 years ago, Betty Friedan published "The Feminine Mystique" and changed the lives of millions of women forever. The education of women, the prime vehicle to bring about change, has passed through many phases. In the late 1960s and the 1970s, many kinds of special programs for women blossomed in colleges and universities, continuing education, and training programs. The backlash from men, who felt discriminated against, led to their entrance into these programs and women's entrance into traditionally male programs. In the 1990s, as more women are employed and providing economic support for families, more women participate in continuing education, but do so on a part-time basis. Fortunately, part-time opportunities exist. A major problem that remains is the case of underserved low-income and minority women. The biggest barrier that keeps women from participating in publicly sponsored programs is their sense of hopelessness. One example of a successful method for working with these women prepares graduate students for working in a low-income housing project. These principles are discussed with the students: (1) the community women deserve and must be accorded respect; (2) no agenda, no specific program or project must be planned; (3) success comes in small steps or small things; and (4) fund raising must be done by working with the women. As the women develop and start to consider themselves worthy individuals, their children also begin to see themselves differently. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the University of Tubingen (Tubingen, Germany, April 1991).