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.
Foreword, Ray Marshall; 1. Pathways Out of the Pink-Collar Ghetto; 2. Training Policy and Alternative Career Paths; 3. A Pattern of Decline and Its Ramifications; 4. Past and Current Alternative Programs: Evidence of Promise in Non-Traditional Occupations; 5. A Little Goes a Long Way: Statistical Evidence of Small Program Effectiveness; 6. Nuts & Bolts I: How States' Programs Worked; 7. Nuts & Bolts II: How Nonprofits' Programs Worked; 8. A Call for Action