Vintage Photos of Women in the Workforce Over the Last 100 Years

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  • During the early 20th century, women’s employment was affected by war and advancements in tech.
  • In the 1960s and 1970s, women were able to expand their horizons and career opportunities. 
  • Vintage photos from the past 100 years show how their roles have changed.

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Working women have come a long way in the last 100 years. 

In the 1920s, women entered the workforce in astonishing numbers as a result of the industrial revolution. 

Then, as men were sent off to war, more women got involved in the wartime effort in factories and other professions previously dominated by men.

Women’s equality movements throughout the 1960s and 1970s gave even more opportunities to working women, and in recent years, more women were in the US workforce than men, Forbes reported.

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Here are 28 vintage photos that show how the role of women in the workforce has evolved in the last 100 years.