Prior to 1970, California labor laws prevented women from working more than eight hours a day or 40 hours a week. This meant they were denied higher paychecks and positions requiring extra work.
Why? A faulty assumption that the “weaker sex” needs protection from the rigors of overtime. The law also assumed women were needed at home to nurture their hard-working husbands. Workforce productivity and corporate profitability suffered as a result of these assumptions.