ERIC Number: ED376316
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Working Women Count! A Report to the Nation.
Women's Bureau (DOL), Washington, DC.
The Women's Bureau enlisted more than 1,600 partners to distribute a questionnaire asking women about their lives as workers. The partners included the following: more than 300 businesses, 900 grassroots organizations, 75 unions, daily newspapers, national magazines, and federal agencies in all 50 states, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and Puerto Rico. In addition, a telephone survey was conducted with a scientifically selected, national random sample. Findings indicated women felt pride and satisfaction at being breadwinners for their families and a significant part of the work force. A powerful consensus emerged on the following issues: pay benefits should provide economic security; workplace culture should support and respect families; and opportunity should reflect the value of women's work. Respondents were distressed that their work at home and on the job continued to be devalued, and they were frustrated with the visible and invisible signs of inequality. They were concerned about incidents of discrimination. The following issues and concerns were shared by working women: health and pension benefits, inadequate vacation and sick leave benefits, stress as the number one problem, little or no ability to advance, loss of a job or promotion on the basis of gender or race, high priority to getting paid leave to care for children or relatives, affordable child care, and improving pay scales. (Appendixes include methodology, instrument, demographic characteristics, and 32 endnotes.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Women's Bureau (DOL), Washington, DC.