An introduction to the legislation affecting the status of women, with primary focus on what is illegal and legal treatment of employed women. The discussion covers (1) significant federal legislation on the status of women, including legislation related to sex discrimination in educational institutions, women in the public service, and the Equal Rights Amendment; (2) state legislation related to the status of women; and (3) implementation of the legislation and the need for further research. The author concludes that at this time many of the legal prohibitions against sex discrimination remain unimplemented. It will be the responsibility of public officials and those in decisionmaking positions, while operating within the framework of traditional cultural values, to adhere to the legal guidelines and work to accomplish the intent of the legislation.
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