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Women's Labor Market Positions in the 20th Century
An analysis of the changing conditions of the 20th century women's labor market in Canada.
# 100069 | 2,402 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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This paper discusses how Canadian women went through a shift in their labor market position over the course of the 20th century, towards less exclusion and more entitlement to waged work. The paper shows how the division of labor has changed through the 20th century towards greater female equality in the workplace, entitlement and security. It then discusses how, in spite of the changes, women still appear to work for less income than men while also continuing with childcare duties.

Table of Contents:
World War I
World War II
A Society Described as One Society
Reflection and Discussion

From the Paper:

"One begins to wonder too how typical working class girls were, as none of the materials seem to refer to women who went to university, took business courses, taught school, served as nurses in the World Wars or, for that matter, completed medical school in the later 19th century. A reader could get the idea that such women did not exist in Canada till the 1950s or later. One also begins to think of wives and mothers who were widows after World War I and how they managed - their work in raising children on small pensions, apparently, not something in which we should be interested, today. What do the authors see as women's paid work and why is it so very important compared to other women's achievements that perhaps do not have to do with the boring topic of class formation or industrial labour. A reader who was not curious would be given nothing with which to imagine the kinds of societies in which women lived through the early 20th century. Canada had no 'safety net' till after 1945, and this is very important in terms of how one tries to see the world to which women were born. (See Porter 2003) The custom of seeing men employed, who would then support women and children, came from something other than wishing to 'imprison' women in the home, as they were responsible for dependents where deep poverty was possible. If a man lost his income, there could be serious deprivation for several people who depended on him in the absence of state relief."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fahmi, Magda. Household Politics - Montreal Families and Postwar Reconstruction. Toronto, Buffalo and London: University of Toronto Press, 2005.
  • Frager, Ruth A. and Carmelia Patrias. Discounted Labour - Women Workers in Canada, 1870-1939. Toronto, Buffalo and London: University of Toronto Press, 2005.
  • Klausen, Susanne. "The Plywood Girls - Women and Gender Ideology at the Port Alberni Plywood Plant, 1942-1991." Labour/Le Travail. 41. 1998, pp. 199-235.
  • Porter, Ann. Gendered States - Women, Unemployment Insurance, and the Political Economy of the Welfare State in Canada, 1945-1997. Toronto, Buffalo and London: University of Toronto Press, 2003.

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APA Format

Women's Labor Market Positions in the 20th Century (2007, December 13) Retrieved June 30, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/women-labor-market-positions-in-the-20th-century-100069/

MLA Format

"Women's Labor Market Positions in the 20th Century" 13 December 2007. Web. 30 June. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/research-paper/women-labor-market-positions-in-the-20th-century-100069/>