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Title:Women in the workforce: Overcoming time and space constraints
Author(s):O'Connor-Ruth, Anne Veronica
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Huff, James O.
Department / Program:Geography
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Women's Studies
Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
Abstract:More women are in the workforce today than in the history of America. This has upset our previous notions of women's roles in American society as well as our definition of family. Dual career couples, single parent families and singles living alone have replaced the traditional male wage earner, female homemaker and children which we once looked upon as the ideal family unit. Although women today are encouraged to pursue careers, or forced to work due to financial obligations, most women are still responsible for the care of the home and children. This puts tremendous constraints on the activities of women as they must perform at least two full-time jobs: that of wage earner and homemaker. Further constraints are created as women must negotiate the built environment which separates work places and residential areas.
This research investigates ways in which women attempt to handle these space and time constraints in their lives. The sample group for this research is an empowerment group for women which seeks to promote women's position in the workforce. Such an empowerment group has great potential for helping women to improve their own positions in the workforce and to help them to overcome these time and space constraints. An important component in the empowerment of women is the development of self-esteem which helps women to create unlimited possibilities for their future.
Issue Date:1993
Rights Information:Copyright 1993 O'Connor-Ruth, Anne Veronica
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9329125
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9329125

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