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# What was the first year when more than 20 million women were in the la

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What was the first year when more than 20 million women were in the labor force?

(A) 1950
(B) 1953
(C) 1956
(D) 1958
(E) 1964

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26 Oct 2017, 11:37
Bunuel wrote:

What was the first year when more than 20 million women were in the labor force?

(A) 1950
(B) 1953
(C) 1956
(D) 1958
(E) 1964

From the graph (not pie chart), the top line, which indicates the total number of women in the workforce, creeps above 20 million just after the year 1955.

Answer B, 1953, is tempting. But it either does not quite reach, or reaches exactly, 20 million. Not "more." Reject B.

"Right after 1955" means the answer must be C, 1956 or D, 1958.

In 1958, the total looks closer to 23 million. Reject D.

Answer A, 1950, is out. Only about 17 M. Answer E, 1964, is out; 26 million is indeed above 20 million, but that is not the first year.

There were more than 20 million women in the workforce for the first time in 1956.

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30 Oct 2017, 13:55
Bunuel wrote:

What was the first year when more than 20 million women were in the labor force?

(A) 1950
(B) 1953
(C) 1956
(D) 1958
(E) 1964

We see that the number of women in the labor force increased as time progressed. The number of women in the labor force was almost 20 million in 1955 and surpassed 20 million in 1956.

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