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Sons and Daughters
Sons and daughters

Among the most dramatic family changes of the 20th century are those linked with the ongoing gender revolution. Women's roles outside the home have been transformed with the ubiquitous growth in their employment in offices and factories, in the professions, and in technical jobs. This expansion of work-related activities has occurred among both married and single women and includes those with and without young children at home. Research has documented that there has been an overall increase in the labor force participation of women from around 20 percent to more than 50 percent over the 20th century and a 10-fold increase among married women between 1890 and 1980, starting from a low of 5 percent (Goldin 1990, Table 2.1).

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