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Breaking Out of the Pink-Collar Ghetto: Policy Solutions for Non-College Women : Policy Solutions for Non-College Women - Sharon H. Mastracci

Breaking Out of the Pink-Collar Ghetto: Policy Solutions for Non-College Women

Policy Solutions for Non-College Women

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Published: 23rd February 2004
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Widely interdisciplinary in appeal, this book reports on the successes of innovative training opportunities for non-college women who end up in low-paying, low-mobility, pink-collar jobs. The author examines the relative effectiveness of various programs in helping these women gain access to high-wage, high-mobility employment opportunities. The analysis includes case studies of grant-funded projects, as well as in-depth statistical analysis using ten years of data on women throughout the United States. These types of education and training options are in tremendous demand, and the author finds that they are having a powerful impact on the job prospects of non-college women. As an integral part of her study, she spells out what kinds of programs have proven most and least effective. Breaking Out of the Pink-Collar Ghetto addresses vital issues concerning the effects of gender segregation in career counseling and employment and training policy. It provides much-needed guidance on employment and training services delivery. The book has wide application for students as well as professionals in the fields of public policy and public administration, educational counseling and vocational education, labor economics, and women's studies.

"How can we assure that non-college-educated women get a fair crack at good jobs? Sharon Mastracci makes the case for effective training to break patterns of discrimination and to provide women with the skills they actually need. This is a very smart book on an important topic." - James K. Galbraith, The University of Texas at Austin; "This book will be of interest to policy makers, as well as to the job training community and working women. It will be a useful text for courses in labor economics, the sociology of work, women and work, women's studies, and the interdisciplinary courses in public policy. There has not been a new publication on women and job training in several years. Sharon Mastracci will make a timely contribution to the policy debates and her book will be a welcome addition to the research literature." - Brigid O'Farrell, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Stanford University"

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Pathways Out of the Pink-Collar Ghetto
The Non-College Population
The Failure of Market Forces and the Need for Policy Intervention
Overview of the Book
Training Policy and Alternative Career Paths
Non-College Women at Work
The College Bias
A Pattern of Decline and Its Ramifications
Vanishing Post-Secondary Options
The Outlook for Post-Secondary Education and Training Alternatives
Summary and Implications for Policy
Past and Current Alternative Programs: Evidence of Promise in Nontraditional Occupations
Job Counseling and Sex-Role Socialization in the Workplace
Programs Often Do Not Incorporate These Activities
To Train for NTOs Is To Train for Career Opportunities
Wanto and New as Alternative Paths to Career Preparation
Conclusions and Implications
A Little Goes a Long Way: Statistical Evidence of Small Program Effectiveness
New and Wanto Work
Measuring the Effects of Policy Intervention: Difference-in-Differences Methodology
Basic Results
These Grant Programs Should Not Work
Nuts & Bolts I: How States' Programs Worked
Criteria Defining "Success"
Case Study Methodology
NEW Demonstration Grants
The Texas State Technical College at Waco
Conclusions and Evidence from States and the NEW Program Overall
Nuts & Bolts II: How Nonprofits' Programs Worked
Political Advocacy and Government Grant Programs
Wanto Technical Assistance Grants
Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT)
Summary of Findings from Nonprofit Grantees and Wanto Overall
Case Study Implications for Policy
A Call for Action
Implications and Contributions of Results
Policymaking by Women, for Women
Crucial Role of Government
Future Directions
A Call for Action
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780765613561
ISBN-10: 0765613565
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 23rd February 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.33