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Labor] Pruette, Lorine, ed.; Iva Lowther Peters, Director of Research.

Women Workers Through the Depression.


[Labor]. Pruette, Lorine, Ph.D., ed. Women Workers Through the Depression. A study of white collar employment made by the American Woman's Association. Director of Research, Iva Lowther Peters, Ph.D. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1934.  
8vo.; endpapers offset; red cloth stamped in blind and gilt; dust-jacket printed in red; price-clipped; lightly foxed.
First edition; second study conducted by the America Woman's Association (AWA), a New York based organization that in 1934 boasted a membership of over 4,000 women. Contains 31 detailed tables with statistics pertaining to women's salaries during the Depression and the effects of unemployment on household expenditures, etc., as well as a reproduction of the AWA questionnaire used in the study. In her foreword, Anne Morgan, the acting president of the AWA at the time of the study, states that the data is meant to supplement and help explain the more lasting psychological effects on women workers during the Depression.
Although she does not appear in NAW, Pruette was a well-known sociologist in her day and spent her career focusing on the changing role of women in society and the corresponding effects on the female psyche. She published Women and Leisure: A Study of Social Waste in 1924, and in 1926 wrote the biography for the acclaimed American sociologist G. Stanley Hall, who taught at prestigious universities such as Antioch and Harvard, and, most notably, founded the American Journal of Psychology.  
In this later book, Pruette seeks to provide answers for female workers concerning a variety of labor-related issues, such as the value of higher education versus specialized training, and different methods of saving money. Described as "an absorbing tale of feminine adventure on the stormy seas of self-support," (dust-jacket) the study is endorsed on the lower panel of the dust-jacket by Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor; Mary R. Beard; Many Anderson, Director, Woman's Brueau, U.S. Department of Labor; and Morse A. Cartwright, Director, American Association for Adult Education.

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