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Washington DC’s Working Girls

May 7, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

| $15

A political cartoon from 1869 depicts the new Secretary of the Treasury opening a door to find a bunch of female employees doing anything but working.Join Atlas Obscura and the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum for an afternoon with Washington, DC’s nineteenth century “working girls.”

While we explore the Missing Soldiers Office, we’ll learn about the many women who made Washington, DC work. Museum staff will share stories about exceptional women like Clara Barton, who worked first as a clerk in the United States Patent Office and then as a tireless humanitarian. We’ll also hear about women who went to work in the offices of U.S. government agencies and the many unnamed women who worked as prostitutes in Washington, DC. Museum staff will show us a selection of artifacts and prints relating to women’s work, including nineteenth century office supplies, historic condoms, and STI treatments.

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May 7, 2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum
437 7th Street NW
Washington, 20004 United States
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