The Women's Bureau was originally a government office organized in 1918 as a war agency of the Department of Labor and named the Women in Industry Service. As part of its initial mission the Women's Bureau developed the first U.S. standards for the employment of women workers during World War I. After the war, women's organizations successfully lobbied Congress to establish the bureau permanently, and Congress established the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor on June 5, 1920.

See also Harvard University Library's Open Collections Program Women Working, 1800-1930, Women's Bureau.

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Manuscripts from 2004

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20 Leading Occupations of Employed Women Full-time Wage and Salary Workers - 2003 Annual Averages, U.S. Women's Bureau

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Nontraditional Occupations for Women in 2004, U.S. Women's Bureau

Manuscripts from 2003

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20 Leading Occupations of Employed Women Full-time Wage and Salary Workers - 2002 Annual Averages, U.S. Women's Bureau

Manuscripts from 2002

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20 Leading Occupations of Employed Women Full-time Wage and Salary Workers - 2001Annual Averages, U.S. Women's Bureau

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Nontraditional Occupations for Women in 2001, U.S. Women's Bureau

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Nontraditional Occupations for Women in 2002, U.S. Women's Bureau

Manuscripts from 2001

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20 Leading Occupations of Employed Women Full-time Wage and Salary Workers - 2000 Annual Averages, U.S. Women's Bureau

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Nontraditional Occupations for Women in 2000, U.S. Women's Bureau

Manuscripts from 2000

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20 Leading Occupations of Employed Women Full-time Wage and Salary Workers - 1999 Annual Averages, U.S. Women's Bureau

Manuscripts from 1999

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Nontraditional Occupations for Women in 1999, U.S. Women's Bureau