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Government Documents - Department of Labor: Women's Bureau

Guide to the Department of Labor and its subsidiary agencies. Publications cover topics such as employment and unemployment, earnings, price indexes, labor laws, fair employment, women and minority workers, and child labor.

Contact the Women's Bureau

The Women's Bureau was established in the U.S. Department of Labor by Public Law No. 259 of June 5, 1920. The law gave the Bureau the duty to “formulate standards and policies which shall promote the welfare of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment.”

Government Documents holds a partial collection of WB publications, including the following series:

  • Bulletins (L 13.3:; L 36.103:) Popular guides on employment opportunities.
  • Leaflets (L 36.110:) Career opportunities for women.
  • Women workers in [state] (L 36.114:)
  • Older Women's Bureau documents are available in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (UHM login required).

Additional documents covering 1910-1932 are available in the Executive Branch Documents microfiche set. 

We also have a variety of general publications, pamphlets, and other WB materials, as well as Congressional hearings, documents, and reports about women and labor in the U.S.  Please contact a government documents librarian if you have questions about our holdings.

Women's Bureau publications

Drawing of women performing nontraditional jobs

Women in nontraditional jobs: a conference guide

Drawing of a woman looking contemplative

Know your rights: what a working wife should know about her legal rights

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