ERIC Number: ED382788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Education and Training: The Path Out of Poverty for Women.
Bryan, Kathy Scales; Morse, Susan
AAUW Outlook, p19-24 Sum 1995
A crucial key to preventing and ending poverty is the system of education and training for employment. The 104th Congress is considering several proposals to reform vocational education, employment training, and welfare. The most sweeping would consolidate all employment training programs and vocational education into a single block grant to each state. Welfare reform proposals from Congress and the administration seek to speed up the transition to the work force. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) maintains that the key to true welfare reform is access to educational opportunity for all girls and women. Ending the dependence of female-headed households on welfare means helping young mothers beat the odds by getting the highest-quality education and training possible, particularly in higher-paying, traditionally male-dominated jobs. AAUW urges retention of targeted services for women and girls, a cautious approach to consolidation of vocational education with other job training programs, and strong accountability provisions in all vocational education programs. With regard to welfare reform, AAUW urges Congress and the states to allow recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children to pursue postsecondary education as preparation for work. Job training programs should include training in nontraditional occupations for women. AAUW supports a guarantee of child care for women who participate in education, training, or work programs. (Contains 15 footnotes.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Economically Disadvantaged, Employment Programs, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Females, Feminization of Poverty, Job Training, Nontraditional Occupations, Policy Formation, Sex Discrimination, Vocational Education, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services, Womens Education
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Univ. Women, Washington, DC.