In 1890, less then one half of one percent of women were
employed gainfully outside of the home. Over the next hundred
years, women have not only gained access to jobs outside of the
home, but also fought for equality in the work place. These
struggles have not been easy by any means. Women have overcome
many obstacles in there journey into the work force, none grater
then the views of their male piers. Many males thought and
continue to think that there is no place for women in the work
place. Women made there strides into the work force by not only
following examples of their courageous pioneers, but also by
banding together to show their strength.
During the mid 1800's a small number of women begin their
assault on, what were at the time considered, male-only jobs.
Fields such as teaching, preaching, medicine, and law were all
jobs domenated by men.
Women had made some progress in the work
force before the 1850's. In the mid nineteenth century women
were the majority for grade school teachers, up from the ten
percent of elementary teachers, that were teachers in the
colonial period. This can be largely attributed not to the fact
that men were more accepting of the idea that women belonged in
the work place, but rather men were drown to the higher paying
and more socially appreciated managerial jobs brought on by the
industrial revolution. School boards did not mind these talented
leaving because they could higher a 'less qualified women' for as
low as one fifth of males salary for the same job.
Susan B. Anthony was the first women to publicly speak out
against this gross injustice towards women. After being fired to
'replace a male teacher fired for incompetence,she was paid one