The authors focused exclusively on rural families to better understand the experience of wage earning women in the midst of rural economic restructuring. Seventeen women from a rural northern Michigan county were interviewed. By focusing on women and the communities they lived in, the authors were able to see how the rural families are embedded in their community while being negatively affected by the lack of resources. Political, social, economic, and environmental factors affected these rural working women. "Empowering this population will require new modes of delivery for advanced education, addressing child care needs, and increasing access to secure, flexible employment with benefits," the authors conclude.
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Barbara D. Ames is a Professor in the Department of Family and Child Ecology, College of Social Science, Michigan State University. Her professional focus is on family studies, work/family issues and gerontology. She currently serves as the MSU institutional representative to the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and has co-chaired the Work/Family Focus group for the National Council on Family Relations. Dr. Ames is available for questions and interviews.
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