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Washington DC’s Working Girls

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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.

Learn about the 19th century’s working girls: those in the workplace for the first time, and those working in the world’s oldest profession.


Sarah E. Goode

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Patent Application for Sarah Goode's Folding Desk

Sarah Goode is believed to be the first African American woman to receive a United States patent. She invented a folding bed, a precursor to the modern Murphy bed.



Women’s History Wednesday: Clara Lemlich

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Illustration of Clara Lemlich from Brave Girl

We’re thinking about another Clara: Clara Lemlich. While Clara Barton was one of the first female federal employees, Clara Lemlich was also a working woman … a garment worker on New York’s Lower East Side.








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