Women in the Work Force

Archive Report

Work Patterns of the Seventies

Women's Big Entry into U.S. Job Market

Responding to changing views of their role in society and inflationary pressures on family budgets, women are surging into the U.S. labor force at an unprecedented rate. Not even in the World War II days of Rosie the Riveter did so many women work outside the home. Nearly half—47 per cent—of the American women 16 and older held jobs or were actively looking for work last year. Among women aged 20 to 64, the prime working year, the percentage was even higher. Over 56 per cent of the women in this group were employed.1

The number of American women who work has been rising steadily since 1947. But during the last few years and especially ...

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