chapter  3
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100% of the Women in the Workforce?

Statisticiansoftenusepasttrendstopredictfutureones.Often,thisisdone withalinegraphthatshowstheprevioustrendswithasolidlineandtheprojectionwithadashedline.Figure1showsthisforthedataonthepercentageof womenintheworkforcefrom1970to1980whenthepercentageincreasedfrom about47%toabout58%.Makinga"straight-lineprojection,"wereachthefalse conclusionthat100%ofthewomenwillbeintheworkforcearoundtheyear 2020.