Women in the Workforce in the United States, 1920-1980

Lisa Schoblasky, Newberry Library

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Introduction

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Women’s Work

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War Changes Everything

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Advice, Encouragement, and Support

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Inequality in the Workplace

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The Working Girl

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Selected Sources

Brock, Julia, Jennifer W. Dickey, Richard Harker, and Catherine Lewis, eds. Beyond Rosie: A Documentary History of Women and World War II. Fayettville, AK: University of Arkansas Press, 2015.

Jones, Jaqueline. Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work, and the Family from Slavery to the Present. New York: Basic Books, 1985.

Kessler-Harris, Alice. Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.

Longworth, R.C. and Bill Neikirk. “Women-Growing Power in the Workforce.” Chicago Tribune. September 18, 1979.

Milkman, Ruth. On Gender and Labor Inequality. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2016.

Stom, Sharon Hartman. Beyond the Typewriter: Gender, Class, and the Origins of the Modern Office Worker, 1900-1930. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992.

Taylor, Marianne. “Demand Grows, but Pay Marks Time for Skilled ‘Sergants of Office’.” Chicago Tribune. November 30, 1980.

Woloch, Nancy. A Class by Herself: Protective Laws for Women Workers, 1890s-1990s. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015.

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