Working Women, Race, and Family


The changing roles and rights of women is an understandably well discussed topic.  Through 1920-1970 women gained more freedom and more independence, perhaps most clearly shown by increased numbers in the workforce, granting women their own incomes.  Slow increases in working population accompanied with big booms for the World Wars are well documented.  It’s also been well tracked that non-white women work more, and work for less.  A major topic with regards to women working in the 1900s was its effect on their family lives.  At the time there was much discussion on the morality and propriety of working mothers.  Overall, female employment has been well documented with respect to race and family values.  By use of census data, these topics can be more clearly numerically supported and more specifically analyzed with regard to family values.  Not just with what was considered correct at the time, but what was actually happening with regard to women’s employment, relationship status, and number of children.

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