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The Changing Status of Ukrainian-Canadian Women

Description: CIUS Seminar Audio Part 1 and 2.

Using census and statistical material from W. Darcovich and P. Yuzyk (eds.), "Statistical Compendium on Ukrainian Canadians, 1891-1977" and material from a survey of historical and sociological literature, the first seminar in the Institute's series at the University of Toronto provided a social and demographic framework for the study of Ukrainian-Canadian women. The paper entitled, "The Changing Status of Ukrainian-Canadian Women," outlined some basic social characteristics of Ukrainian-Canadian women from 1921 to 1971. The data examined included periods of immigration, regional distribution, urban-rural distribution, country of birth, and age distribution. The paper discussed the participation of Ukrainian- Canadian women in the paid work force, and particularly women's changing occupational patterns. / According to the 1971 census, the overwhelming majority of Ukrainian-Canadian women were Canadian-born and approximated the overall Canadian female urban-rural distribution. An approximation to Canadian norms was also found in occupational and educational patterns. In 1921, on the other hand, Ukrainian-Canadian women were grossly over represented in the educational category "illiterate" and the occupational categories "agriculture and service." In 1971, they were still slightly over represented in the category of those with only elementary education. In occupational categories Ukrainian-Canadian women were still slightly overrepresented in the service and agricultural categories. / The paper suggested that the patterns of occupational and educational change were primarily explained by socio-economic changes in society which affected the participation of all women in the work force. Factors such as the growth of the "clerical" as opposed to the "service" sector and the sex-segregation of jobs were discussed. Provisional explanations for the social patterns among Ukrainian-Canadian women discussed the role of ethnic discrimination, the specific historical experience of Ukrainian Canadians, and Ukrainian-Canadian socialization.

Found in CIUS Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 1 (Winter 1978)
Author: CIUS
Publisher: CIUS
Date: September 18, 1978
Contributor: Marusia Petryshyn
Language: English, Ukrainian
Original Format: Magnetic tape, audio cassette





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