Title

Balancing Family Life in the New Economy: Single Mothers in West Valley Communities, Yamhill County, Oregon

Date

6-1-2017 4:15 PM

End Time

1-6-2017 4:45 PM

Location

WUC Willamette Room

Department

Anthropology

Session Chair

Robin Smith

Session Chair

Isidore Lobnibe

Session Chair

Katherine Miller

Session Title

Anthropology Symposium

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Isidore Lobnibe

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

In an increasingly competitive economic climate not only is it no longer possible to earn a living wage with a high school diploma, the job market now requires highly trained and educated individuals to meet the challenges of an equally complex and information driven work place. Even more difficult for households subsisting on a single income is the strain of meeting basic needs, as costs of living soar and wages stagnate. What challenges do female-headed households face in this new economy and what various strategies do they employ to survive and support their families? This study proposes to address these questions by exploring how single female heads of household balance financial responsibilities with their role as sole caretaker of the home and family. By utilizing surveys, oral interviews, and participant observation, I will closely examine the daily life experiences and problems faced by single mothers in Yamhill County, Oregon, and the strategies they utilize to meet the demands of family and finances.

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Jun 1st, 4:15 PM Jun 1st, 4:45 PM

Balancing Family Life in the New Economy: Single Mothers in West Valley Communities, Yamhill County, Oregon

WUC Willamette Room

In an increasingly competitive economic climate not only is it no longer possible to earn a living wage with a high school diploma, the job market now requires highly trained and educated individuals to meet the challenges of an equally complex and information driven work place. Even more difficult for households subsisting on a single income is the strain of meeting basic needs, as costs of living soar and wages stagnate. What challenges do female-headed households face in this new economy and what various strategies do they employ to survive and support their families? This study proposes to address these questions by exploring how single female heads of household balance financial responsibilities with their role as sole caretaker of the home and family. By utilizing surveys, oral interviews, and participant observation, I will closely examine the daily life experiences and problems faced by single mothers in Yamhill County, Oregon, and the strategies they utilize to meet the demands of family and finances.