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A Physiological Basis for the Shorter Working Day for Women

Washington, D.C. Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, 1921. A scarce bulletin issued in 1921 by the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor. The bulletin notes a recent rise in women entering the workforce, and argues that women are physiologically unable to labor the same number of hours as men, and should therefore be required to work shorter shifts to avoid “industrial fatigue”. Emphasizes the place of women ultimately lying in the home: “Life for a woman should mean more than wage earning, and women should, and do, mean more to our country than mere machines … For upon the women depends the vigor of the race” (p.18). It concludes that women should be limited to an 8-hour workday. Single vol. (9” by 5.75”), pp. 20, original printed self wrps. Note the illustration on the back of the title-page, which depicts a mother holding her smiling infant aloft with the caption, "America will be as strong as her women" Very good. Toned.

Price: $300.00

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