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Women at Work In colonial America women who earned their own living usually became seamstresses or kept boardinghouses But some women worked in professions and jobs available mostly to men There were women doctors lawyers preachers teachers writers and singers By the early 19th century however acceptable occupations for working women were limited to factory labor or domestic work Women were excluded from the professions except for writing and teaching The medical profession is an example of changed attitudes in the 19th and 20th centuries about what was regarded as suitable work for women Prior to the 1800s there were almost no medical schools and virtually any enterprising person could practice medicine Indeed obstetrics was the domain of women Beginning in the 19th century the required educational preparation particularly for the practice of medicine increased This tended to prevent many young women who married early and bore many children from entering professional careers Although home nursing was considered a proper female occupation nursing in hospitals was done almost exclusively by men Specific discrimination against women also began to appear For example the American Medical Association founded in 1846 barred women from membership Barred also from attending mens medical colleges women enrolled in their own for instance the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania which was established in 1850 By the 1910s however women were attending many leading medical schools and in 1915 the American Medical Association began to admit women members In 1890 women constituted about 5 percent of the total doctors in the United States During the 1980s the proportion was about 17 percent At the same time the percentage of women doctors was about 19 percent in West Germany and 20 percent in France In Israel however about 32 percent of the total number of doctors and dentists were women Women also had not greatly improved their status in other professions In 1930 about 2 percent of all American lawyers
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