ERIC Number: ED391942
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
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Women Union Electricians: A Comparison of Job and Training Experiences of White Women and Women of Color.
Shaw, Lynn Judith
A study was conducted to compare the perceptions of white women and women of color who were union electricians of their on-the-job and training experiences. Following a literature review of apprenticeship training, women in nontraditional occupations, and the experiences of women in the skilled trades, a mailed survey was developed and distributed through the United States. A total of 491 women responded (from 1,333 surveys distributed through apprenticeship training directors), including 64 women of color and 427 white women. Statistically significant differences in experiences were found between white women and women of color for most of the items on the survey. On the items pertaining to sexual harassment, however, no statistically significant difference was found between the two groups. Findings included the following: (1) women of color experienced both racism and sexism on the job; (2) most white women experienced gender bias on the job and in the classroom; (3) neither group has been able to advance as far as desired; and (4) management often does nothing to prevent sexual harassment. Recommendations were made to recruit and retain greater numbers of women, ensure equality in training, provide support systems, and implement harassment policies. (The study includes 172 pages of unedited comments by the respondents, as well as the statistical results of the survey questionnaire. Contains 55 references.) (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Note: Master's thesis, California State University, Long Beach.