Woman's Place in the Economy

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Woman's Place in the Economy

American women last year made a contribution to the national economy “unequaled at any other peacetime period in our history.” Assessing the factors that made 1956 a banner year for women workers, Mrs. Alice K. Leopold, Assistant to the Secretary of Labor for Women's Affairs, said on Feb. 7 that “The favorable economic climate enabled them to achieve an all-time high in employment' She added that “Women's many skills, acquired through their increasing utilization of educational and training facilities, opened doors to new opportunities and brought to women workers a growing recognition.”

At the same time, the administration's advocacy of federal legislation to assure women equal pay for equal work pointed to the persistence of long-standing disparities between the sexes in ...

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