Vera Brittain wrote about it in Testament of Youth, didn't she? The plight of an intelligent, well to do middle class girl in a smallish town. She did in the end get away to university, but there must have been many who couldn't or didn't for whatever reason.
I can see the argument that, in the depression era, a girl who didn't need to work shouldn't take a job from one who did. In heavy industry areas, sometimes a grown up daughter was the only one in a family bringing in a wage. But that didn't help the bored young middle class woman who would have benefited from having a job, even if she didn't need the money.
Who is to say who had it hardest with different females and different classes.
My grandmother was given special permission to leave school at the age of 12 in 1912 as her father had died and she was the oldest if six. She became the chief wage earner in the family going into service.
I read the autobiography of the Scottish author and writer Molly Weir. She was born in 1910 and brought up with two brothers in the Glasgow slums. Her father died in world war one and Molly Weir's mother also supported her own mother.
During the Depression when work was scarce widows who were the family breadwinners were paid off before the men. Unfair? I would say so.
Some people would say that in comparison comfortably off middle class girls hsd nothing to complain about but yet... Imagine all the brilliantly clever girls in times gone by who would have made a real difference to the world of medicine, science, the arts even world peace but were not given the chance because they were female.
I know they say the hand that rocks the cradle...but it seems to me that at times only half the cradles had counted.