current generation of women. But many other women may attempt to prevent economic insecurity by not playing these traditional roles. They may find it in their individual interest to pursue education in maledominated fields, not to marry, and not to raise children. Such a decision may solve the problem of economic insecurity facing many women and, at least in the short run, may coincide with the national interest of the United States that is confronted with a challenge of becoming competitive in the global economy. But in the long run, women's decision not to form a family may be detrimental to the United States both in terms of population policy and in terms of the preservation of the culture based on the family.
The agenda for the future seems clear. It has to do with a central question: How can society respond to the predicament of American women? Specifically, how can the society facilitate the process so that women can develop their earning capability and the society develop an environment in which women can form families through marriage and raise children?
In the final chapter, I discuss this central issue and develop a framework for developing social policies so that the United States can start addressing this perplexing problem of women's economic insecurity.
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Publication information: Book title: Women's Life Cycle and Economic Insecurity:Problems and Proposals. Contributors: Martha N. Ozawa - Author. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1989. Page number: 16.
This material is protected by copyright and, with the exception of fair use, may not be further copied, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means.