Women Workers In The 1930's

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Women Working in the 1930’s
Do you think it was unfair for the women in the 1930’s to not have jobs. Women did not have jobs in the 1930’s because of the Great Depression.There were fewer jobs and they would rather give the employment to men. When the stock markets crashed, it was known as the Great Crash. Many people bought stocks on margin. Many companies lied about their profits. Many wealthy people lost everything. Some people even committed suicide. Even millions of people that didn’t even own a stock lost their home, jobs, and even their farms. The Great Depression lasted from 1929 to 1939. Women workers suffered during the Depression. Working women suffered for reasons being the difficulties, lack of good jobs and their household responsibilities.
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“For the most part women worked long hours for low wages in 1930’s” (Working Women). Due to the low wages the families became poor and the parents could not support their families. Not only did they not get paid enough, “male teachers made $1,953 a year, while women only made $1,394” (Moran). Men were treated better than women in the work industry. So that they could take care of their families, the white ladies would have to take on the black women’s jobs. “Many African American women lost their positions as domestic servants to white women who entered the market during the Depression” (NWHM). After the Great Depression only 5% of black could find well paid jobs. “It was hard for women to find suitable jobs without training or public support” (Moran). There wasn’t just difficulties for them, there was a lack of good jobs. The most common jobs for women were canning, textiles, candy and meat packaging so they could reduce the …show more content…
The article “Working Women” says that “Only one tenth of married women worked.” “The percent rose from 11.7 to 15.2 in 1940 of married women who worked.” (Working Women). It was very hard for women to have a job while the household chores were already hard on them. “Married women who worked faced particular hostilities” (Working Women). The men thought it was not right for the women to be working because it is usually a man’s job to take care of the money in the family. The article “Working Women” also stated that ”The Depression caused women’s wages to drop even lower, so that many women could not meet basic expenses.” “Women with physically able husbands would not qualify, since men were considered the head of the households, even if they were unable to find jobs.” It was very hard for households to get by the family members were unable to work. The article “Working Women” proposed that “only one member of a household was eligible to qualify for a relief job, and women had to prove themselves economic heads of the households.” “It was hard for married women to find a job if they lived with their husband.” “Both private companies and the government dismissed large numbers of married women to get high-paying professional or clerical jobs” (Working

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