"Some 250,000 youths were on the road, travelling by freight train or hitchhiking in order to find work or more favorable circumstances. From 1929 to 1931, the number of children entering custodial institutions increased by 50 percent. In many economically deprived families, children suffered from malnutrition and inadequate clothing." (Gale Group) The women needed to work so they could help feed their family. The children were living in terrible conditions, so women took jobs to try and help.