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Washington, D.C.’s ‘Working Girls’
May 6, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT| $20
Step into Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office for a discussion about Washington, D.C.’s 19th century working women: government clerks, humanitarians, and prostitutes.
While we explore the Missing Soldiers Office, we’ll learn about the many women who made Washington, D.C., work. Museum staff will share stories about exceptional women such as 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, D.C.
Museum staff will show us show us a selection of artifacts and prints relating to women’s work, including nineteenth-century office supplies and historic condoms and STI treatments.