This Grand Experiment: When Women Entered the Federal Workforce in Civil War–Era Washington, DC
William G. McGowan Theater
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In the volatility of the Civil War, the federal government opened its payrolls 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. A book signing will follow the program.
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