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Some decades ago the percentage of women in industrial work force was relatively infinitesimal. Women were never allowed to work in industries, rather; work was seen as meant for only the men, there was an oral although not documented law that saw women as the weaker sex, and as such they were relegated to the domestics as well as only important in the reproductive aspect of child bearing. They were seen to be only important in bed, thus women were none the less sexual toys, sex slaves to be blunt. The only industry that was sure available or left for women was the kitchen as well taking care of the children. As society advanced from one stage to the other, as it is usually said in sociological parlance; the only thing constant is change. Transformations began to creep in.

The major theme of this work is to show that over time, the number of women in the industrial work force has increased tremendeously.

Of course the work is also concern about, the rationality behind the influx of greater percent of women into the work force. What sort of ideology masterminded the transformation of the thought of men whom of course certainly rejected the idea of women working? Was the influx of women in the working force ideologically revolutionary or progressive? As we proceed in this work, surely the answers to these questions will surface.

The industrial Revolution ushered in a new wave of industrial set up, society had graduated from feudalism to capitalism - a shift from agricultural setting to a more industrial setting. Although as thousands of males benefited from the initial expansion, women's employment opportunities increased very little (Hensley, 1990).

However, during the first and second World Wars, a greater percentage of women were...