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Ask Marilyn: Did Women Work in the 1950s?
Connie Weber of Marietta, Georgia writes:
Marilyn: My mother is famous for saying that no women worked in the ’50s. Is that actually so?
Nope. Women composed more than 10 percent of the workforce even back in 1900. By 1950, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 34 percent of women (and 86 percent of men) were employed.
Another interesting point: In 87 percent of families, both a husband and a wife were present; in those families, 20 percent of the wives were employed.
Ask your mom to remember all of those women she saw whenever she visited a school (teachers), a hospital (nurses), a shop (clerks), or a business (secretaries)!