ERIC Number: ED416412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Glass Ceilings and Bottomless Pits: Women's Work, Women's Poverty.
Albelda, Randy; Tilly, Chris
This book, through a review of the status of working women on bottom and on the top, refutes a set of myths about women, work, and poverty that have shaped welfare reform. Chapter 1 highlights the big changes affecting women in the U.S. economy. Chapter 2 describes who is poor in the United States and examines how poverty has come to be defined. Chapter 3 puts wealth and poverty back in a family context, describing the different types of families and tracing their economic fortunes. Chapter 4 examines why women do so much worse, in terms of access and earnings, than men in the work force. Chapter 5 zeros in on the forces that trap so many single mothers in poverty. Chapter 6 highlights the ineffectiveness of U.S. policies in eliminating poverty by surveying a long history of misguided theories and unsuccessful programs up through the late 1980s. Chapter 7 picks up the story of the current wave of punitive welfare reforms into the late 1990s, explaining why these reforms cannot and will not reduce poverty but increase hardship. Chapter 8 proposes positive reforms in welfare; chapter 9 lays out a broader agenda for economic justice for women and low-income families. Chapter 10 suggests the elements of a political strategy to make this policy a reality. Appendixes include the following: definitions of family types and income categories; a chart contrasting popular conceptions with facts about women and welfare; annotated list of organizations, Internet, and print resources; and index. The book contains 22 figures and 22 tables. (YLB)
Descriptors: Economically Disadvantaged, Employed Women, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Feminization of Poverty, Labor Market, Mothers, One Parent Family, Poverty, Public Policy, Salary Wage Differentials, Sex Discrimination, Sex Fairness, Socioeconomic Status, Tables (Data), Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
South End Press, 116 Saint Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02115 (cloth: ISBN-0-89608-566-X; paperback: ISBN-0-89608-565-1, $18).
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
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Note: "With an appendix by Dorothy K. Seavey"