I know domestic service was a big employer of women. Its my usual role in reenacting....anything from a basic hired girl to a ladies maid and everything in between. You should be able to find quite a few books on that. One that sticks out in my mind is called "life below stairs" and then "Not in front of the Servants". Both of those cover mostly England. Another one that covers the US only is called "serving women".
Also, I don't know if it ever happened in this county but in the England and Wales there were women who worked in the coal mines. They wore pants, its awesome. The book that info can be found in is called "Victorian Working women". Its full of pictures of women a photographer took in their working clothes.