Woman’s Work: A Matter of Financial Necessity

I can’t be certain this is true, but I strongly suspect that if you were to take a straw poll in your office and ask colleagues at what point in our history women began working outside the home, a significant number would say the 1960s. It’s my impression that in the popular imagination the history of female participation in the workplace (placing aside their unpaid work in the home, a not–insignificant contribution) began with the second-wave feminism movement of the 60s and 70s.

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Michael Dufresne
Michael Dufresne is a freelance writer and archivist in Ottawa