In 1970, women constitute 38% of the labor force and 97.8% of the secretarial force.
In 1972, the Equal Employment Opportunity Act allows preferential hiring and promotion of women and minorities (affirmative action).
In 1973, Arab oil-producing nations move to embargo shipments to the United States, Western Europe, and Japan. The cutoff precipitates an energy crisis in the industrialized world.
In 1974, AT&T, the largest private employer in the United States, bans discrimination against homosexuals.
John T. Molloy's Dress for Success is published in 1975. This is followed by Women's Dress for Success in 1977.
In 1978, Congress passes the Humphrey-Hawkins "full-employment" bill, setting the goal of reducing unemployment to 4% nationally by 1983.
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