Unemployment rates actually decreased for women in the Depression, as many were forced to find work in other places. They worked in places as a nursemaid, cleaning woman, cleric or in the factory. The picture above shows a typical women's working place, as the work was considered unfit for men.
This still caused public ridicule though, as many men found that they were fired when women were being hired. One man, Norman Cousins, realised that the unemployment numbers were roughly the same as the number of women working and he said: “Simply fire the women, who shouldn’t be working anyway, and hire the men. Presto! No unemployment. No relief rolls. No depression.” But some women had to work, as they were the only supporters of their family, their husband either sacked or left the family altogether. And, as mentioned above, some jobs were considered to be unfit for men.
Of course, not all women found work. Many though, had lived in poverty for quite some time and were often too shy to line up in the breadlines. They would often go out to try and gain as much to feed their family as they could until they couldn't take anymore and simply fainted. A writer from the Depression, Meridel LeSueur, wrote: "A woman will shut herself up in a room until it is taken away from her, and eat a cracker a day and be as quiet as a mouse.” Simply put, many women often tried to go on living without the help of anyone, having being used to surviving on their own or too shy to ask for help.
Via Kevin Dang