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ERIC Number: EJ876442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Mission Possible: Transforming Women and Building Communities
Flemming, Monica; Nelson, Barbara Mullins
Adult Learning, v18 n3-4 p20-24 Sum-Fall 2007
Although women make up over half of the U.S. workforce, they continue to encounter difficulties, including male domination as well as inequities in pay, benefits, and other rewards (Bierema, 2001). Billett (2002) suggests opportunities to advance are "subject to workplace practices that reproduce inequities through contested workplace relations." The purpose of this article is to report on how one non-profit, community based organization helps disadvantaged women become professionals. The lack of training and access to computers is likely to make it difficult for women to obtain and keep employment. To address this need, Professional Women's Group (PWG) engages professional women to teach tasks such as computer skills. The PWG illustrates how a non-profit community organization can impact the lives of citizens through education and support and, thereby, contribute to their career advancement and well-being. Adult educators and leaders of non-profit organizations such as PWG are especially well-positioned to fill in the educational gaps of special populations, such as disadvantaged women, to help them achieve more full and equal participation in the workplace. Three key ideas are identified in the study. First, educators' perceptions of disadvantaged women may not match reality. Second, at PWG, a sense of community is built on the emotional bond and non-hierarchical relationships between and among learners and facilitator. Third, PWG creates a climate of mutual support and group solidarity to help women move toward becoming professionals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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