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Author: Potter, Laura E.
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1. Potter, Laura E.
Women's Labor Force Experiences: The First Decade
Ph.D. Dissertation, City University of New York, 1983
Cohort(s): Young Women
Publisher: UMI - University Microfilms, Bell and Howell Information and Learning
Keyword(s): Educational Attainment; Labor Force Participation; Mobility; Racial Differences

This study concentrated on several aspects of women's labor force experience. Separate chapters examined labor force participation, occupational atypicality, income attainment, and professional status. First job experiences and later occupational mobility were also examined. Emphasis was put on determining the relative importance of factors influencing the quality of the jobs held in the early years of labor force experience and the role these play in the stratification process. Throughout the analysis the experiences of black and white women were examined separately in order to detect the differences in career development. The data used was the NLS of Young Women. The longitudinal and cross-sectional characteristics of the NLS permitted a clearer establishment of directions of causation than would have been possible with cross-sectional data alone. One of the major findings in this study was the difference in the labor force experiences of black and white women. Although black women were more likely to be in the labor force than white women, they are less likely to be in high income, professional positions. However, education is important in explaining this difference. Once the respondent has obtained a college degree or better, there is little difference in the occupational status of black and white women. The number of children a woman has also strongly influences her labor force experiences. The more children a woman has, the less likely she was to hold a high income, professional job. This was true for both black and white women at all educational levels.
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Potter, Laura E. Women's Labor Force Experiences: The First Decade. Ph.D. Dissertation, City University of New York, 1983.