Sexism in science was clearly a major factor in the discovery game. Women were supposed to be pretty and make dinner and men were the business doers. “Only males were allowed in the university dinning rooms, and after hours Franklin’s colleagues went to men-only pubs”(Maisel, 1997). It was just another way for society to sat the women and men were not equals. Although the movement that gave women their rights to be equals to men didn’t come until much later, Franklin was a pioneer in her field and she continues to be a role model around the world.
“There is a general agreement that the expansion in women’s employment reached it’s peak at the height of the war in 1943.” In 1951 30.8% of women were in the workforce. Feminism was on the rise and more women are starting to got to work and not just in secretarial jobs either. In the same year 33% of employees were women in the “essential” industries. These so called essential industries involved heavy engineering, transportation, chemical and metal professions, and in public service. These were the jobs that continued to make the country run. Without these everyday life would stop at a stand still. These were also women who were married. Twenty six percent of women who were employed were also married, so it goes to show that not all women gave up their career to cater to their husbands. (Martens, 1994)
Even though the numbers are rising, it would be nice to see numbers like there were in 1944. October of 1944, 48% of civil service employees were women. That is almost half and an amazing number to think was possible even in a time of the middle 40′s when it was the age of men.(Martens, 1994)