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Unit 7: Set 2. Commission on the Status of Women 1964 - Statistics

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Commission recommendationsStatistics on Working Women 1960

The Commission gathered data on working women from the US Census in North Dakota and published the statistics in its report. There were 208,196 women in North Dakota in 1960. One important notation was that the median age of women workers in 1960 was 11 years older than that of women workers in 1940 indicating that many women waited until their children were in high school before going to work.

Some of the statistics are presented here.

Age:

  • 36,569 (57.9%) working women were between 35 and 65 years of age
  • 26,594 (42.1%) working women were between the ages of 14 and 34
  • Median age: 39

Education:

  • 118,041 (56.6% of those 14 years of age and over) women ended their schooling before completing high school

Marital Status:

  • 18,265 (28.9%) single
  • 35,973 (57%) married
  • 8,925 (14.1%) other marital status

Earnings:

  • 20,602 (39%) working women earned less than $1000 per year
  • 10,829 (21%) earned more than $3000 per year
  • $1469 was the median earnings for women

Occupations:

  • 14,152 (24%) Clerical workers
  • 12,777 (21%) Service workers (not household)
  • 9,937 (17%) Technical Professional (librarians, musicians, nurses, teachers, technicians)
  • 5,372 (9%) Sales
  • 5,062 (8%) Private household workers
  • 3,335 (6%) Farm Laborers, managers

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