Evaluating the Data
The United States Constitution requires that a census of the population be taken every ten years. The kind of data (beyond a basic count) collected varies from year to year, but since 1900 the census has gathered a great deal of information on working people. The Bureau of Labor also kept data on employed people, and had a special division to monitor data on women workers. If we read these numbers carefully, they can tell us a great deal about working women and, by extension, something about their families.
The Commission on the Status of Women used data collected in 1960 so it was still fairly accurate for their use in 1964.
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