The most common jobs held by women 100 years ago

Women have been part of the work force for a century

Stars Insider

08/12/23 | StarsInsider


Even if there's still a long way to go, the past century has been a remarkable one for women in the workplace. Back in the 1920s, women were mainly employed in low paying positions, jobs such as clerks, waitresses, teachers, and telephone operators. It was an era when people believed working women were taking tasks away from men who needed them more. In fact, plenty of high-paying jobs were kept out of the reach of women, who were anyway expected to quit paid employment if and when they got married.

To see how far we've come, click on and discover how the job market looked for women 100 years ago. 

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