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Job Market/Income of the 1950's
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April 20, 2015
1950 $2992 a year
1955 $3000 a year
1958 $5ooo a year
""Comparing the Inflated Cost of Living Today from 1950 to 2014: How My Budget 360 RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Apr. 2015.
40's around $125 a month
(40-75 cents an hour)
($1.00 an hour)
59' around $700 a month
($4.50 an hour)
60's around $900 a month
($6.25 an hour
50's around $275 a month
"How Was Wage in 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s?" Yahoo! Answers. Yahoo!, n.d. Web. 19 Apr. 2015.
Most common jobs
Women made substantially less than men
Women: 7, 352
Lowest paying job:
Average paying job:
Highest paying job:
($28,628 a year)
Archeo or Artist
($16,229 a year)
($3,000 a year)
"Every individual was dedicated to their job in the 50's"
Women in the
Did housework such as;
taking care of children,
taking care of the males when they returned home from work
Joining the workforce
In the 1950's the jobs women had changed very little. These women held positions as;
private household workers,
For society to look at women normal the perfect mother was to stay at home and nurture the children and house.
By 1957, 70% of women held clerical positions, assembly lines or service jobs. 12% held a professional and 6% held management jobs. Those who had professional jobs were nurses and teachers.
Women didn't go to school much.
Educating the female mind
Mills College, said that" The curriculum for female students should prepare women to foster the intellectual and emotional life of her and her family."
If they did end up going to college it was for the time being until their spouse returned home from the war.
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Return to traditional gender roles
Men returned home from war and the labor force saw a huge shift from predominately female driven to a male driven force.
homes went back to the traditional "Breadwinner-homemaker" family role.
In 1953, the nites states held a record breaking law unemployment rate of 2.9%
Job availability soared in areas such as agriculture and manufacturing with 8.7 million workers in manufacturing, 880,000 in mining and a mere 20,000 in personal jobs.
Today's Employees Working Less Hard than Previous Generation." The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2015.
Government intervention and economic stability
Job security + Cost of goods + low employment = Healthy economy and business consumer confidence
Entrepreneurs enter the small business market
Credit cards were created
The economy expanded with fast food restaurants and shopping malls creating even more available jobs.
The baby boom and the 50's work ethic
In the 1950's couples were increasing the size of their families so much that 65% of all children under 15 were being raised in the traditional breadwinner-homemaker family.
This surge in population created more demand for housing and a plethora of other industries creating more jobs.
The work ethic of the 1950's man epitomized responsibility, respect and pride in their job and their appearance.
Men were not as concerned with diversity but rather but an emphasis n consistently balancing their work and personal lives.
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What are one of the jobs that women had in the 1950's?
Teachers, clerical positions, sales clerk, private household workers, bank tellers, secretaries.
What did women do at home when the men out working?
Cook, clean, decorate, and take care of the children.
What was one of the most common jobs in the 1950's?
When men returned home from the war, what occurred?
The baby boom occurred and society made a huge switch from and homemaker to a breadwinner society(Male to female).
During the baby boom what happened to families?
Families got bigger because more children were being born, their was less money for the family because more was being spent.