Women's life cycle and economic insecurity

Women's life cycle and economic insecurity
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September 27th, 2011

According to a global United Nations study, women perform 66% of all work but receive only 10% of all income and own less than one percent in material assets. Although the economic status of American women has been somewhat higher than that of women globally, it is increasingly apparent that the United States is facing an emerging social problem of women's economic insecurity in the midst of growing affluence. In this timely study, ten experts methodically survey every vital aspect in the life of American women, from early sex-role socialization in the home to long-term elderly care and examine their economic implications. Ozawa's introductory chapter provides a helpful overview of the subject and her last chapter summarizes recommendations for change and outlines the steps necessary to the establishment of economic and social equality between the sexes. In "Educational Preparation of American Women," Shirley Clark analyzes female socialization and discusses women in higher education: enrollment trends, degrees earned, and women faculty. James Smith's essay investigates "Women, Mothers, and Work" and considers wage prospects. Other essays explore teenage pregnancy: patterns, consequences, and prevention strategies; divorce and child support issues, the history and effects of inheritance, old age, and care of the elderly. The text is enhanced by twenty-five tables and eight figures that present vital statistical information including labor force participation rates of various groups of women, data relating to children and their care, fertility, income, life expectancy, and health. Women's Life Cycle and Economic Insecurity presents a comprehensive assessment of the condition of women in the United States today. Its insights and statistics will fuel additional research in the areas of women's studies, sociology, economics, and American history. This groundbreaking study should be in every library.

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