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This isn't a new idea. We began to foresee problems three years ago and started to investi-
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after three years, here we are. We hope it will mean increased service for our subscribers
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From the 'in-basket:' Mardy Freeman/334 N. Vassar/Wichita, KS 67208 is editing an an-
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in July at the New York Book Fair. Send material to her..... PEOPLE ABOUT CHILD CARE
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Arlington/VA 22202...... The Human Affairs Program is an academic program within Cor-
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class women, active in neighborhood concerns, has been formed in Washington, D. C. The
group, known as The National Congress of Neighborhood Women, will focus on specific prob-
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forums where they should be heard. They are also planning workshops for women who
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ELIMINATING SEXISM FROM THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
THE ASTROTURF SYNDROME. . .
PANTS POWER IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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ELEMENTARY PRINCIPALS COMPARED BY SEX
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For Olivia Records,
We are a group of lesbian feminists creating a record company called
Olivia Records. There are hundreds of women across the country who
are creating women's music, music that reflects our experiences, thoughts,
and emotions, and is another part of a growing women's culture. We feel
that these women should have access to the recording industry and so be
able to be heard in all our communities. Olivia Records is being
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"8 Fact Sheets: Statistics on Effects 25808
of Racism and Sexism in the United States"
U. S. Civil Rights Commission
FACT SHEET 1: POVERTY AND PUBLIC ASSISTANCE
White Black American Rican
Percentage of families headed
by women 9% 32% 14% 29%
Percentage of female headed
families in poverty 27% 57% 66% 65%
11% of all families = female headed
37% of all poor families = female headed
Women's earnings as percentage of men's:
57% of all black working women are not covered by Fair Labor Standards Act
Group Percent Unemployed
minority teenage women 35. 5%
minority teenage men 28.9%
white teenage women 15.2%
white teenage men 15.1%
minority adult women 8.7%
minority adult men 7.2%
white adult women 5.3%
white adult men 4.0%
Median annual income for year round full time workers (1970):
white men $9373.
black men $6598.
white women $5490.
black women $4674.
94-96% of all jobs paying $15, 000 or more per year are held by white men.
Fact Sheet 1
15 million people receive public assistance: (1972)
children under age 16
totally & permanently disabled or blind
mothers of dependent children
able bodied males
Other racial and
Number of children:
Four or more
Able bodied male in
Public assistance payments (maximum)
to a family of four:
New York, New Jersey,
Federal poverty line (1972)
30-50 million people
$4000/year for a family of four
25 million people
On public assistance
15 million people
FACT SHEET 2: MORTGAGE FINANCE
U. S. Savings and Loan League survey question: "How much weight do you give
to a working wife's income in considering an application for a mortgage?"
Response from 400 large savings and loans:
full credit 28%
more that 50% 14%
non response rate to item 21%
non response rate to other items 1%
D.C. Commission on the Status of Women and Women's Legal Defense Fund
survey of mortgage lenders:
would count 100% of wife's income
if she's a "professional" 67%
would count 100% of wife's income
if she's a "non-professional" 34%
Federal Home Loan Bank Board study:
65% of savings and loans use marital status as a factor in evaluating loan
National Bureau of Economic Research study results (1970):
No demonstrable relationship between marital status and mortgage loan risk.
Key factors in default risk (according to major studies):
Characteristics of the loan itself, especially loan to value ratio NOT characteristics
of borrower (sex, age, family, and marital status)
1964 study results:
Loans to families in which husband's income = 100% of family income had a
slightly higher likelihood of being delinquent than loans to families in which
husband's income = only a portion of family income.
Over 50% of married women worked in paid jobs in 1972.
40% of the work force is female.
75% of women who work for pay have no husband or a husband who earns less than
Fact Sheet 2
Percent of married women, husband present, in the labor force (1970):
Black, Spanish speaking, Native
American, Asian American and
Total White other races/ethnicities
39.2% 38.2% 49.8%
65% of white families = homeowners (1970)
42% of minority families = homeowners (1970)
63% of nation's housing units are owned by their occupants.
Income Groups Homeowners Homeowners
(196) (Percentage) (Percentage)
Under $3000/year 43% 33%
$3000-$6000 50% 36%
Over $6000 67% 55%
Over $8000 80% 67%
42% of white homeowners had no mortgage on their property (1960)
58% of minority homeowners had no mortgage on their property (1960)
Housing environments of nonwhite households, with incomes of $8000-$10, 000/
year were worse than for white households with incomes of $2000-$4000/year.
FACT SHEET 3: MILITARY SERVICE
Under present regulations, men in the armed services are assigned on the basis
of their tested abilities and qualifications.
Less than 1% of draft eligible men are assigned to combat units. At the height of
U. S. involvement in Vietnam, 14% of U. S. servicemen were engaged in ground
The armed services provide job training and experience in numerous occupations,
education, and veterans benefits, including job preferences in government and out.
Draft deferments for fathers now exist and have existed since World War II.
Representation of women in the services is limited by a 2% quota. Women
comprise 1.9% of military personnel (July, 1972).
Eligibility standards for women are more stringent than for men:
Women must have a high school education, higher test scores, and must
provide character references. A woman must be 18 in.order to enlist; a man
must be 17.
Parental consent is required for a woman under 21; and for man under 18.
434 army military occupational specialties are open to enlisted women; 48 are
closed to enlisted women.
177 specialties are open to women officers; 188 are closed to women officers.
No law prohibits the army from assigning women to combat (or any other) duty.
The army has closed to women specialties which are combat oriented, by
Both the Navy and Air Force are prohibited by law from assigning women to
vessels and aircraft in combat.
Army, Navy, Marine Corps:
By law, women officers are considered for promotion separately from men.
Enlisted women and men are considered together for promotion.
Congress now possesses the power to include women in any military conscription.
As of May, 1972, over 720 American servicewomen were in Southeast Asia.
Fact Sheet 3
Servicewomen and women veterans have not been entitled to all service and
veterans benefits; benefits have often been unequally applied to servicemen and
servicewomen. (On base housing and housing allowances, health benefits, etc.)
The Supreme Court invalidated this unequal treatment in the Frontiero decision
Women in the Service:
Army Navy Marines Air Force
1945 156,447 86,000 18,409
1970 16,724 (1.2%) 8,609 (.1%) 2,418 (1.0%) 13,654 (1.7%)
FACT SHEET 4: HOUSING AND FEMALE HEADED FAMILIES
Percentage of female headed families
below the poverty level
Puerto Rican 65%
These female headed families include 9 million children.
Female heads of families increased by 33% in the last decade.
Title VI does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, marital status,
There are no housing programs particularly geared to the needs of female-headed
Census data on female headed households in urban communities:
Total White Black
in households 197,426,514 173,069,807 21,898,395
Fact Sheet 4
Data on female-headed households (U. S. Summary):
7.8 million one-person female headed households
3.7 million are homeowners
4.1 million are renters
6.3 million two-or-more person female headed households
3.0 million arc homeowners
3.3 million are renters
Female heads of two-or-more person households:
Black 431,000 are homeowners
1,000,000 are renters
speaking 89,000 are owners
210,000 are renters
FACT SHEET 5: EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS
No. of women in labor force Percent
minority women 4.1 million 44% of minority workers
(13. 2% of all working women (1971)
all women 32 million 38% of all workers
working mothers 12. 2 million (1970)
8.7 million (1960)
Increase in number of working women:
Women accounted for 3/5 of the increase in civilian labor force between 1960 and
The number of working mothers has increased eightfold since 1940.
50% of all women 18 to 64 are workers.
Minority teenage women 35. 5%
Minority teenage men 28.9%
White teenage women 15.2%
White teenage men 15.1%
Minority adult women 8.7%
Minority adult men 7.2%
White adult women 5.3%
White adult men 4.0%
Representation of women in general occupation groups:
Occupation Group percentage of group
Professional and technical workers 39%
Nonfarm managers, officials,
Clerical workers 75%
Craftspersons and forepersons 4%
Workers not covered by Fair Labor Standards Act include:
45% are women
57% of all employed black women
all domestic workers
(50% of all poor female heads of families worked as domestic workers in 1970)
Fact Sheet 5
Median annual earning of full time year round workers:
Women's earnings as percent of men's
Women earn, on the average, $3.00 for every $5.00 earned by similarly employed
men (3/5 of men's income).
Table 63 Median Income in 1966 of Persons, by Educational Attainment, Sex
(Persons 25 years of age and over)
Less than 8 years
1 to 3 years
1 to 3 years
5 years or more
Total White Nonwhite
$1,926 $1,988 $1,561
$6,128 $6,390 $3,665
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce,
Population Reports, P-60, No. 53.
Bureau of the Census:
14% are poor if the wife does not work
4% are poor when wife does work
7.4% of husband-wife families have wife as chief breadwinner
(3.2 million out of 44 million families). (1970)
5. 7% of husband-wife families had wife as chief breadwinner in 1960.
FACT SHEET 6: WOMEN IN PRISON
Increase in arrests of women for:
Percent Increase (1960-70)
violent crimes 69%
total crime rate 74% (compared to 25% for men)
Ratio of arrests--male to female-- = 6:1
Arrests of women as percent
of total arrests Offense
17% serious (Crime Index) offenses
19% property arrests
10% violent crime
Total No. of Prisoners Number of Women Prisoners
Federal prisons 21,000 1,000
state, county, local
institutions 17-19, 000 (no reliable statistics)
total prisoners 1/3 million 18-20,000 (est.)
Data on women in Federal prisons at Alderson, West Virginia and Terminal Island,
under 30 50%
Marital & family status:
married, separated, divorced,
widowed mothers 80%
Work on outside:
expected to work upon release
for self support 90%
(Alderson): had earned less
than $60/week on most
recent job 34%
less than $70/week 50%
more than $100/week 15%
previously spent time in
Fact Sheet 6
In June, 1973, the New Jersey Supreme Court struck down the system providing
indeterminate prison terms for women and ordered that women be given minimum-
maximum sentences as are men.
According to the Women's Prison Association surveys:
Women prisoners in New York City:
Women prisoners nationwide:
Number of women in:
County and city jails
Jails for women:
1 federal reformatory
28 state institutions for women
24 facilities for women, under the control of wardens of state prisons for men.
Starting salaries for correctional officers:
Many jails for women (such as Muncy in Pa.) had no black staff, though 47% of
prisoners were black; more were from urban environments.
Staff was white and rural (1970-71).
FACT SHEET 7: EDUCATION
50.4% of high school graduates
43.1% of college graduates
11.6% of Ph. D. s earned between 1960 and 1969
85% of elementary school teachers
19.6% of elementary school principals (compared to 56% in 1950)
50% of secondary school teachers
1.4% of senior high school principals (compared to 3% in 1971, 6% in 1950)
25% of community college faculties
14% of 4 year college and university faculties
13.4% of college faculties with Ph. D.
College faculty members:
Women faculty members by rank:
Percent of faculty
9.7% (compared to 25. 5% of men)
47 % of undergraduates
38 % of undergraduates
28 % of Ph. D. s earned
12.6% of Ph. D. s earned
Earnings gap between male and female faculty members:
2 year colleges
4 year colleges
$3, 504 less than men
$1,027 less than men
$1,895 less than men
Blacks hold an estimated 1% of Ph. D. s.
Fact Sheet 7
Earnings gap: Deans of Men and Women (average salaries) 1971-72
Deans of men $14,421
Deans of women $12,848
Financial aid grants:
Amount to women students (average) $518
Amount to men students (average) $769
1970 3,250, 000 women
High School Graduates:
Women: 50% go to college
Men: 80% go to college
Women = 75-90% of well qualified students who do not go
Median school years completed (1970) by persons 25 and
Census year Total White Black
M F M F M F
1970 12.1 12.1 12.1 12.1 9.4 10.0
FACT SHEET 8: CHILD CARE
Working mothers with children under 18
Number of mothers in labor
force seeking work
1. 5 million
Number of mothers
Percentage with children under 6 Percentage
Since 1950, the percentage of mothers who work outside the home has almost doubled.
Children (under age 18) of working mothers
Number in poverty or
close to poverty line
2 million (825,000 in
Child care arrangements
Type of care
in own home
in own home
in own home
another' s home
group child care
for preschool children (Child Welfare League Survey, 1968):
Percentage of children
Available child care in licensed centers:
Number of slots available
Number of preschool children of non-employed mothers living in poverty
2. 5 million.
Fact Sheet 8
Users of child care centers by income and type of center (1970):
Family income Custodial centers centers centers
under $4000 18% 16% 59%
$4000-$8000 54% 39% 24%
over $8000 28% 45% 17%
Federally assisted child care programs:
Federal funds help provide service for 5% of economically disadvantaged children.
Families with yearly income just above the poverty line ($4000-$800) do not
qualify for Federally assisted child care.
Amount of Federal spending for child care programs*:
1970 520 million
1973 969 million
*includes: day care, Headstart, ESEA (Title 1) preschool programs.
In 1970, 6 million more women worked than during World War II.
In 1970, licensed day care centers had 1/6 their World War I capacity.
In 1971, black and white, male and female headed families with working mothers
had fewer children than families (black and white, male and female headed) whose
mothers did not work outside the home.
Results of National Council of Jewish Women survey of child care centers:
Total enrollment capacity (1970): 625,000 children.
Quality of care:
Good Fair Poor
Nonprofit centers 38% 51% 11%
Proprietary centers 15% 35% 50%
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