Women have been involved in business and industry throughout history. In the United States, the nature of women's involvement in the workforce has changed over time affected by such events as industrialization, wars, and changes in societal norms. This research guide highlights primary and secondary sources that reveal women's involvement in business, industry, commerce, and entrepreneurship across United States history. Included are select samples of books, reports, statistical data sources, manuscripts collections, and online resources that cover various periods in history. To expand your research please see the Search the Library's Catalog page that will lead you to other resources on the provided subject headings.
There are several research guides created by other divisions in the Library of Congress as part of the American Women series that cover various topical areas in women's history. More guides can be found under Gender and Women's Studies subject area. If you have questions or need assistance within the scope of this guide please Ask a Librarian.
Part of the Science, Technology & Business Division at the Library of Congress, Business Reference Services is the starting point for conducting research at the Library of Congress in the subject areas of business and economics. Here, reference specialists in specific subject areas of business assist patrons in formulating search strategies and gaining access to the information and materials contained in the Library's rich collections of business and economics materials.