U.S. Labor Laws Have Been In Place for 100 Years

This legislation has helped reduce inequality and protect the working population. Labor policies specific to women have existed for nearly as long.
Dec 4, 2020
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U.S. Labor Laws Have Been In Place for 100 YearsU.S. Labor Laws Have Been In Place for 100 Years
For over the past century, the U.S. has had a labor department, meant to guide policies and legislation for workers. Labor activists in the first decades of the 20th century fought for such rights as sick pay, vacation days, and benefits for injured workers. By the 1930s, the secretary of labor would establish the five-day work week, paving the way for other progressive reforms. The United States Department of Labor has had a Women's Bureau for 100 years. The first law was passed 100 years ago and gave the bureau the right 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.” During and after the Great Depression, labor protections were hugely expanded, establishing unemployment benefits, social security, and a federal minimum wage. The New Deal was designed primarily by a woman, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins. The protections established throughout the 20th century were designed to reduce inequalities and to protect workers—of all identities—from being exploited.
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U.S. Department of Labor, Women's Bureau, History: An Overview 1920 to 2020
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