Women’s Labor Force Participation

Activity Description:


Provide statistical description of patterns and trends in women’s labor force participation.


  1. Show the class the graphs depicting changes in women’s labor force participation over the past 30 years (Click on the document at the end of this entry called, “actwomens.ppt”.).
  2. Encourage students to articulate the trends.
  3. Discuss factors that might have influenced the increased labor force participation of women.
  4. What do they think will happen to the labor force participation rates of women in the future? Why?

Activity Source:

Content contributed by Janet Scanlon as a Suggested Work and Family Class Activity

Activity Links to Materials:

actwomens (1)