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This Grand Experiment: When Women Entered the Federal Workforce in Civil War-Era Washington, D.C.

Jessica Ziparo


In the volatility of the Civil War, the federal government opened its payrolls to women. Although the press and government officials considered the federal employment of women to be an innocuous wartime aberration, women immediately saw the new development for what it was: a rare chance to obtain well-paid, intellectually challenging work in a country and time that typically excluded females from such channels of labor. Thousands of female applicants from across the country flooded Washington with applications. Here, Jessica Ziparo traces the struggles and triumphs of early female federal empl ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Washington, D.C., Suffrage, Federal Employment, Federal Government, Women, Female Federal Employees, Labor, Wage Equality, Gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469635972
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635972.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Ziparo, author