Social and economic changes during the past two decades have contributed to a substantial increase in the number of women participating in the American work force. The women's movement, for example, has increased the social acceptability of married women working outside the home and has raised single and married women's professional expectations and opportunities. From an economic perspective, inflation has probably motivated more married women to seek employment, and, at least until the past few years, the American economy has been healthy enough to provide jobs for most of them.
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