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This Grand Experiment: When Women Entered the Federal Workforce
March 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
This Grand Experiment: When Women Entered the Federal Workforce in Civil War–Era Washington, DC
- Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
- Time: 12:00 pm
- Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC
The need for soldiers during the Civil War reduced the ranks of male employees in the government. As a result, federal employment was offered to women. As described by Jessica Ziparo in her book This Grand Experiment, women saw this as a rare chance to obtain well-paid, challenging work. Despite discrimination, prejudice, and harassment, women persisted and succeeded in making their presence in the federal workforce permanent.