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Tuesday Tidbits: Female Firsts - Women in the Workforce: Part 4

In this week's Tuesday Tidbits,  we continue to highlight Female Firsts: A Brief History of  Women in the Workforce. This is Part 4: the 1960s -- A Decade of Change and the 1970s -- Feminism on the Rise. 1960s -- A Decade of Change Female First: Shirley Chisholm of New York City is elected to Congress in 1968, the first African American woman to do so. Would You Believe: Women who become pregnant can be fired from their jobs without recourse from the law. In her book, Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan gave voice to the quiet discontent of many suburban housewives. She wrote, “In the feminine mystique, there is no other way for a woman to dream of creation or of the future. There is no...

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Tuesday Tidbits: Female Firsts - Women in the Workforce: Part 3

In this week's Tuesday Tidbits,  we continue to highlight Female Firsts: A Brief History of  Women in the Workforce. This is Part 3: 1940s -- WWII and Rosie the Riveter and the 1950s -- Post War Setbacks.   1940s -- WWII and Rosie the Riveter Female First: In 1943, the All-American Girl’s Professional Baseball League is founded. Would You Believe: African-American women continue to be disenfranchised economically during the war and were often “last hired, first fired”. A combination of patriotism and necessity sent women into the workforce during the 1940s. Male enlistment led to labor shortages at home, and the percentage of women in the workforce increased from 27% to 37%.  Rosie the Riveter became the symbol of women’s contribution to the war effort...

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Tuesday Tidbits: Female Firsts - Women in the Workforce: Part 2

In this week's Tuesday Tidbits,  we continue to highlight Female Firsts: A Brief History of  Women in the Workforce. This is Part 2: The Dawn of the 20th Century and the 1930s: A Step Back for Women. The Dawn of the 20th Century Female First: Mary Pickford is a founding member of United Artists Film Studio in 1919. Would You Believe:  A law is passed in 1908 making it illegal for women to smoke in public in New York City. The presence of women in the public sphere increased significantly at the beginning of the 20th century. America was moving away from the Victorian ideal of the demure woman, cloistered away from society and into an age of social liberalism. Coined the “Progressive...

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