Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 35–60 | Cite as

Work Opportunities in a Non-Traditional Setting for Women Exiting Welfare: A Case Study

  • Pamela A. Monroe
  • Lydia B. Blalock
  • Richard P. Vlosky


The purpose of this research is to explore key issues regarding the need to provide jobs for women who are making the transition from welfare to wage work. A traditionally male-dominated industry, the secondary wood products industry, in a ten-parish rural region in northern Louisiana is used as a case study. One goal of the project is to explore barriers to expanding job opportunities for women in this industry, which is located in an economically disadvantaged region of the state. In-depth personal interviews were conducted with employers and business owners in this industry, and focus group discussions were conducted among employees at selected sites. Potential barriers to employing women in this industry are discussed, and recommendations for reducing barriers are made.

family policy female labor force participation welfare reform work readiness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pamela A. Monroe
    • 1
  • Lydia B. Blalock
    • 1
  • Richard P. Vlosky
    • 1
  1. 1.Louisiana State UniversityUSA

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