Archives On The Air 175: Women In Industry—Wilma Soss Papers

Dec 16, 2019

Wilma Soss was a publisher, writer, and radio journalist in New York. In all of her work Soss advocated for women in industry and stockholding.

Her research found that in 1944, 45% of General Electric's stockholders were women. And 44% of U.S. Steel's stockholders were women. And that these were not just stocks that their husbands had bought.

Soss's research looked at women in the workforce after World War II, historical roles of women in the economy, and even the Catholic view of the wage gap.

In a 1945 Forbes article Soss explained the growing significance of women in the U.S. economy. She also listed some of the most powerful women in America after the war.

One of those women was Nellie Tayloe Ross. At the time she was Director of the U.S. Mint and had formerly served as Governor of Wyoming.

Discover more history of women in the U.S. economy in the Wilma Soss papers at UW's American Heritage Center.