Essay by willUniversity, Bachelor'sB, December 1996

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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

third of...