Women performed typical household tasks(cooking , making clothes), in addition to these tasks farm women would raise livestock, help plant fields, and harvest the crops.
Cities and towns provided women new options for jobs. One out of 5 American women had jobs and one quarter of these women worked in manufacturing.
The garment trade had about half of all women industrial workers. They typically held the least skilled positions and received only about half or less pay than the male workers.
Women were working jobs in offices, stores, and classrooms required a highschool education. By 1890 women highschool graduates outnumbered men. Business schools prepared and trained women to operate new machines.
Women would contribute to their families by doing domestic work.They would often clean for other families, cook, be scrub women and maids to earn money. In 1870 roughly 70% of women employed were servants.
Women formed their own clubs dedicated to affecting social change. They stood for better sanitation, libraries, public parks, and pasteurization. They would now speak out freely for change that would affect everyone.