British and American Women at Work: Do Equal Opportunities by Shirley Dex

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12 Percentage of working women using specified kind of child care for pre-school children a (Multiple coding of kinds of care) Type of provisions used Works at home (no external care) Takes children to work Only works in school hours or term Child cares for self Husband Child's older brother or sister Other relative Person employed in informant's home Child-minder, friend or neighbour Day nursery, creche, social services, etc. Private nursery, play group, etc. 1 c 45 Asked in 1978 for American younger women; 1977 for American older women.

In addition, firms that were growing rapidly were more likely to meet their goals; this finding points up the importance of an expanding economy for the realisation of increased opportunities for women. Whether EEO legislation and affirmative action programmes have or have not increased the total number of women employed in the USA, it is important to determine whether these programmes have had a positive impact on earnings and the quality of jobs women hold. In a study of male and female earnings differences, Beller (1979) found no effect for the FCC programme but concluded that the Title VII programme had reduced the male - female earnings differential by about 7 percentage points between 1967 and 1974.

A full discussion of these problems and the nature of the two surveys can be found in Appendix A. In order to make direct comparisons between British and American women, two cohorts of British women were drawn out of the WES data to match the American women by age. We will refer to these cohorts from here on as younger women or older women, the definitions of each being as follows: younger women were aged 14-24 on 1 January 1968 older women were aged 30--44 in May 1966. 1. The American sample sizes are based on the numbers remaining in the survey by 1980 when the WES survey was undertaken.

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