Haber, Sheldon
July 1973
ILR Review;Jul73, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p1122
Academic Journal
The article discusses change in white women's role in western culture from 1890 to 1950. The dramatic increase over the years in the labor force participation rate of women has been the subject of considerable speculation and research, with most analysts stressing the effect on this rate of changes that have occurred on the supply side of the market. Diverse explanations have been offered for the phenomenal long-term rise in the female work rate. For the most part, factors influencing the supply of females in the labor force have received the most attention. In examining the long-term work rate for any population group, an immediate problem one encounters is the change in 1940 in the procedure used for counting individuals engaged in economic activity. Non-white women are excluded from the analysis because of the difference between their work force patterns and those of their white counterparts. The principal finding here is that both the timing and magnitude of change in white female work rates are related to changes in industrial structure.


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