In 1950, approximately 33.9% of woman age 16 and older participated in the work force. There were variations by age group. For women in the 25-34 age group the percentage was just a bit higher at 34% while those aged 16-24 had the largest percentage at 43.9%. Some might find it surprising that in 1950 approximately 40% of young mothers were employed outside the home.
Early in the 1950’s women were recruited for traditionally female careers such as nurses, teachers, stenographers, and secretarial positions. Later in the decade, women who were able to obtain post-secondary and professional degrees sought out a variety of professions with more financial incentives but they made up only 15% of women who were employed outside the home. Only 6% of women worked in managerial positions.