Vaudeville pays better
In 1914, Vaudeville was the one field in which women commanded a higher wage than men. A female headliner could earn as much as three thousand dollars a week or more. Even a newcomer, however, could earn one hundred dollars a week. This was an amazing amount of money considering that women’s work in other fields paid significantly less. In 1917, for example, a teacher might earn fifty dollars a month or just under seven hundred dollars a year.