Date of Award


Level of Access Assigned by Author

Open-Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




The study of labor conditions, especially in relation to women, is a comparatively untouched field in the state of Maine.

In the past few decades the financial contribution to the family by women working outside the home has steadily increased. Therefore, the employment of women constitutes a problem of economic importance.

The employed woman is a problem which is of vital interest to society, for it is a conceded fact that social progress depends much on the woman, as the mother of future generations. The conditions under which the employed woman works, the occupations which she enters, and the earnings which she receives, determine in large measure her health, her progress, length of life, efficiency and personal happiness, and above all the possibility of her bearing and rearing healthy, happy children. The conditions of the working woman are a matter of concern to the woman herself, to her family, society in general, and future generations.