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Picturing The Past: Ecusta Employed Hundreds Of Women


Last updated 4/9/2018 at 3:48pm

Finishing Department A Shift, 1949. (Courtesy photo)

In the first half of the 20th century the percentage of women in the U.S. workforce and the types of jobs available to them varied greatly. In 1900 just 19 percent of working age women were employed outside of the home. Most employed women were young and single and worked in low-paying mill jobs or as domestic servants.

From 1900-1945 industrialization and technological advances brought about major changes in the job market. Girls and young women were being allowed to pursue higher education and two world wars took large numbers of men away from jobs. All of this contributed to the type...

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