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Title: Prospects for women in the paid labor force
Author(s): Smith, Ralph E.; Cooney, Jane
Subject(s): Women in the labor force
Abstract: Includes a response by Jane Cooney. The sharp rise in the number of women working outside the home is one of the most dramatic and important economic developments of the twentieth century. Its impact goes far beyond its consequences on the economy and on the labor market. I will discuss the prospects for women in terms of the number who will be working outside the home over the next decade or two and what they will be doing. I would like to make four major points : 1. Women's participation in the paid labor market has been rising at a rapid rate, and most have found jobs. This has already resulted in profound social and economic changes. 2. The jobs that women find, however, are typically within a narrow range of occupations. This pattern of segregation is deeply entrenched and results in lower pay and status for working women. 3. Women's job market prospects are closely linked with the prospects of the general economy. Economic growth encourages more women actively to seek work outside of the home and reduces their problems in making this transition. 4. With an improved economic climate, women's participation in the labor market should continue to increase faster than men's but the pattern of occupational segregation is likely to continue as well.
Issue Date: 1978
Publisher: Graduate School of Library Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: In G.S. Bonn and S.Faibisoff (eds) Changing times, changing libraries (Papers presented at the Allerton Park Institute November 14-17, 1976): 59-79.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (22nd : 1976)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/523
ISBN: 0-87845-0475-5
ISSN: 0536-4604
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-04-10


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