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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.

Women's Bureau

United States Women's Bureau

About the agency

The Women's Bureau (WB) was established in 1920. Predated by the Women-in-Industry Service established in 1918, its purpose is "to formulate standards and policies to promote the welfare of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment." (Women's Bureau web site)

Internet resources

Our holdings

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.

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About this guide

This guide was revised by Andrea M. Wade for LIS 618 on May 13, 2015.

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