Women and work

“The fact is, women are being drawn into the labour force today, not as in World War II, by a temporary crisis, but by powerful economic, demographic and social forces and far-reaching attitudinal changes. It is pointless, therefore, to try to judge on moral, social, economic or any other grounds, whether women working is harmful to the nation or not. Women must work, they want to work, and their labour is needed. Recognition of these realities should help us to institute new policies that not only make appropriate accommodations but spur wide-ranging reforms in many areas of life. Indeed the large-scale movement of women into the workforce opens up the exciting possibility of creating a much improved society for all …”

-Alan Piper, President of Carnegie Corporation of New York.

(quoted in ‘WEL-informed’, December 1979)

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