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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, General Research and Reference Division

Jane Olcott, ed., The Work of Colored Women (New York: National Board of Young Women's Christian Associations, 1919)

Women at Work

Throughout the North prior to 1915, 80 percent of black working women were in domestic or personal service. In World War I and later in World War II, women were used to fill the posts vacated by men who went off to fight. They could make $3 a day at this packinghouse, as opposed to 50¢ picking cotton in the South.

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