Women and Macro Social Work Practice

F. Ellen Netting and M. Lori Thomas

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:
Women and Macro Social Work Practice

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This article primarily identifies historical and contemporary resources on women’s roles and activities in social work practice within US organizations and communities (macro practice), including a sampling of readings on international women’s efforts. While the majority of references are focused on social work research and practice, relevant references from colleagues in women’s studies, feminist history, and various other disciplinary perspectives are included. For the purpose of this entry, women in social work macro practice are engaged in decision-making and participatory processes that occur in programmatic, organizational, community, and policy arenas. Early historical references focus on women’s roles and gender division prior to the development of social work as a profession in (1) the development and oversight of benevolent (charitable) work, (2) the reform of social problems, and (3) the rights movement prior to and during the Progressive Era in the United States. Contemporary references elucidate what is known about women’s roles in founding and running organizations, community organizing efforts, and policy analysis and implementation. Finally, resources on women’s content and female faculty in macro social work education and research are provided.

Article.  13805 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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