Women+Workers

Women+Workers - A Brief Look Changed after industrial...

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A Brief Look
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Changed after industrial revolution New system cast men into the role of wage earners and women as “home-makers.” Supreme Court decision, Muller v. Oregon, solidified the general impression of the times that women were the weaker sex and needed to be protected from the rigors of labor. This arrangement wasn’t an option for poor families and single mothers who needed jobs to survive.
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WWII: Six million new women workers entered the labor force and took heavy industry jobs formerly available only to men. Even though they were doing the same work, and in some cases, better work, they weren’t paid the same as the men.
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When the war ended, many women had to give up their high paying jobs to make room for returning veterans. The entertainment and advertising industries portrayed the American wife and mother as totally devoted to domesticity post WWII and almost unpatriotic if they wanted to keep their jobs, even if it was out of necessity. They wanted the “breadwinner/home-maker” arrangement to go back to pre-war times.
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Increasing numbers of women poured into the work force, taking positions in office work, retail sales, teaching, nursing, and other so-called
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2012 for the course 575 101 taught by Professor Magyar during the Fall '11 term at Rutgers.

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