My mother was born just before the 20th century (11-1900). Marriage was really the only logical choice for any woman. When she did leave that enterprise, she was a professional cook usually paid about a dollar a day and B&R. (8day week) This was in logging and construction camps and was better than what the Blacks working in the White House got!
I followed in food service, beginning in 1950 at $.75-1.00 for a 48 hr week. Take home was $37.10. I then bought my own cigs (at $1 a carton) and paid $35 a month B&R. That was much better than today on SS even if I didn't smoke.
They always said that "crime does not pay", but today I see that it bought a lot more for some people that we call business people and politicians!
It seems odd to me, today, that most people don't believe children should work at all when most of the farm kids of my era were driving a tractor at age ten before they ever thought of driving a car!
All and all it was a GREAT century and I am glad I was here. I just hope that people will work towards making this very new one even greater, but it is going to take WORK from everyone on the planet.