ERIC Number: ED384719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Women: The New Providers. Whirlpool Foundation Study, Part One.
Families and Work Inst., New York, NY.
A study conducted interviews with a nationally representative sample of 1,502 women, as well as focus groups across the country, to develop a new portrait of women's views on family, work, society, and the future. On several key questions, their views were compared to a representative group of 460 U.S. men and representative samples of 1,005 women and men in Canada and 499 women and men in Mexico. Findings indicated that women were the "new providers." Most women fully accepted the provider role--both its nurturing and economic aspects. Family remained at the core of what was important for all women. Education was critical to how women fared. It predicted not only her earnings and benefits, but attitudes toward her life and the vision she had for the future. Women brought to work what the workplace needed, but they were not getting what they needed in return. Women were very concerned about employers providing fewer benefits and about the difficulty of integrating work and family life. Working fewer hours, which both men and women preferred, reduced the likelihood of having the benefits families needed. Rhetoric about family values was misplaced. Women felt that the current debate about family values should focus on valuing families of all types and the way people behaved toward each other, not the structure of the families in which they live. Women called for a more caring society. They believed that people caring about each other was the pivotal first step to solving society's problems. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Whirlpool Foundation, Benton Harbor, MI.
Authoring Institution: Families and Work Inst., New York, NY.