A tale of three cities: advocacy and movement building among elderly women in California

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dc.contributor.advisor Angel , Jacqueline Lowe en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Angel , Ronald en_US
dc.creator Wollin , Heather Chelsey en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009 -09 -03T21 :00 :21Z
dc.date.accessioned 2014 -02 -19T22 :36 :05Z
dc.date.available 2009 -09 -03T21 :00 :21Z
dc.date.available 2014 -02 -19T22 :36 :05Z
dc.date.created 2009 -05 en_US
dc.date.issued 2009 -09 -03T21 :00 :21Z
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2009 -05 -95
dc.description.abstract In the spring of 2007 , the Women’s Foundation of California and the California Endowment created what would become the Elder Women’s Initiative , (EWI ) which focuses on building a social movement for elder women and their allies with specific attention to healthcare and economic security . This study is largely descriptive and focuses on how state and non -state actors participated in the Elder Women’s Initiative . I looked at ways in which their unique roles can shape the scope of the movement and in what capacity the notion of advocacy is defined . I used feminist and social movements theory to frame my study . The data collection was multi -phased : the first was interviews with state leaders at the policy and community -based level , and the second was “Speak -Outs” or community listening sessions in three geographic areas in California . During the Speak -Outs , which recruited elder women and their allies from low -income communities in California , the women were able to testify about their experiences with the aging process . They also spoke with policymakers about how to collaborate in building the movement . While the Elder Women’s Initiative raised more questions than it answered , participants identified several concrete recommendations were identified about how to build the movement . The current political landscape in California is fraught with tension over the recent budget crises . It is important for future researchers to examine the ways in which the EWI fits into the policy process and how women across California can experience dignified and healthy aging . en_US
dc.format.mimetype application /pdf en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.subject Aging en_US
dc.subject Elderly Women in Calfornia en_US
dc.subject Policy en_US
dc.subject Role of State and Non -State Actors en_US
dc.title A tale of three cities : advocacy and movement building among elderly women in California en_US
dc.description.department Sociology en_US
dc.type.genre Thesis en_US
dc.type.material text en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Sociology en_US
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Texas at Austin en_US
thesis.degree.department Sociology en_US


A tale of three cities: advocacy and movement building among elderly women in California. Master's thesis, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2009 -05 -95 .

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