An attitude profile of the Indiana daily newspaperwoman

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dc.contributor.advisor Popovich, Mark N. en_US Smith, Linda L. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-in en_US 2011-06-03T19:32:58Z 2011-06-03T19:32:58Z 1981 en_US 1981
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1981 .S55 en_US
dc.description.abstract The attitudes of all Hoosier women (304) employed full-time in editorial (writing/managing) capacities on Indiana's seventy-eight dailies were determined through a mail questionnaire that queried demographics and five subject areas: job conditions, self-concept, upward mobility, male versus female situations, and effects of the women's movement.The researcher expected Hoosier women to feel discrimination against their chances for upward mobility and in their assignments and job conditions, as was found in prior studies. It was also expected that the women's movement would have little impact on women in a corn-belt midwestern state.The results indicated that nearly half of the respondents had experienced discriminatory practices, with 40 percent of them claiming to have person-ally attempted to better the situation. While the women overwhelmingly liked their jobs and felt females to be as good or better than males in reportorial duties, the key finding of the research was that overall, Hoosier women were undecided (in their mean responses) to nearly 40 percent of the instrument's statements.Further, the women perceived not the original five dimensions of questions, but three: "us versus them" that related to the newspapers' treatment of employees, in particular women; personal attitude questions; and women's movement questions.It was also found that the women, by virtue of their responses to the instrument, tended to group themselves into two "types" that were not related to job conditions, pay, education, or the bulk of the demographics. The only significant factor that differed in the two groups was number of years in journalism, as Type 1 women were younger than Type 2. Overall, the Type 1 women were found to be more conscious of discrimination toward women and leaned heavily toward the male versus female dimension of statements. Type 2, the older women, were aware of problems in the field, but were more satisfied with their jobs and positions in life, with more concern focusing on self-concept and job conditions.Mean responses of the demographic questions provided a profile of the average Hoosier newspaperwoman in this first study to be undertaken in Indiana. The research became only the fifth such study done in an individual state. Most of the demographic findings were similar to those found in other states or in national surveys with the exception of pay, where Indiana women experienced a decidedly lower mean wage.
dc.format.extent 2, vi, 142 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women in journalism -- Indiana. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sex discrimination in employment -- Indiana. en_US
dc.title An attitude profile of the Indiana daily newspaperwoman en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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