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Working Americans 1880-2015 Volume VI: Women At Work


Beginning with the life in 1810 and ending with the life and times of the modern working women, this text captures the struggle, strengths and changing perception of the American woman at work.

This second edition of Working Americans:Women at Work updates the sixth volume in the Working Americans series. It includes 42 profiles of working women, from 1810 to 2015. Like the other titles in the Working Americans series, this work observes the lives of working Americans—American women in this case—decade by decade. It covers women young and old, from a wide range of geographical and social backgrounds, and from a vast variety of professions. Some careers focus on fortune, some on fame, some on a regular paycheck, and some on no paycheck at all. But all profiles demonstrate the continuous challenge faced by working women in America, whether they push papers, pitch a baseball, play the piano, change public opinion, or join the Navy.

Family Profiles: Profiles examine life at home, at work and in the community. The highly readable narrative is supported by hard facts and real-life situations drawn from diaries, private print books, family histories, estate documents, magazine articles and more.  These intriguing profiles are further supplemented with information on current events, community issues, pricing of the times and news articles to give the reader a broader understanding of what was happening in the family’s world and how it shaped their life.

Historical Snapshots: Chronicles major events and milestones, allowing the reader to develop a broader understanding of the time period.

Timelines: Defines the background and key events of a particular issue important to the time period.

News Features: Excerpted from the local media, these interesting articles bring to life current issues in society that affected average working Americans.

Selected Prices: Examines what things cost during the time period, to further enrich the reader’s understanding of how working Americans spent their paychecks. Prices include food items, clothing, jewelry and so much more.

Illustrations: Photographs, news clippings, advertisements, postcards, posters, quotes, songs and cartoons, add interest to each chapter and depth to the reader’s understanding of the world that the family or individual lived in.

Subject Index: Provided to navigate this wealth of interesting and useful information The Working Americans series has become an important reference for public libraries, academic libraries and high school libraries. This sixth volume will be a welcome addition to all of these types of reference collections.

This volume celebrates the contributions of women, chronicling both the progress they have made and the roadblocks they have faced. In a detailed fashion, the profiles and primary source materials help the reader reflect on the transformation of female independence and their transition into the workplace. It’s a fact: In the early 1970s, when Ms. magazine was in its infancy, women received approximately 10 percent of the nation’s graduate degrees in medicine, law and veterinary medicine. Today, women represent half of all law and medical students and more than half of all veterinary and pharmacy students.


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Pub. Date: December 2015
Hardcover: 622 pages
ISBN: 978-1-68217-077-9
Price: $150
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e-ISBN: 978-1-68217-078-6
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