Female Federal Government Workers During the Civil War
Daniel Stowell talked about the role of women in the Treasury during the Civil War. The federal government hired women to do jobs that… read more
Daniel Stowell talked about the role of women in the Treasury during the Civil War. The federal government hired women to do jobs that had previously been the purview of men, who left their jobs to fight for the Union. Up until 1860, the federal government did not employ a single woman. The void created by the mobilization led to a need for women to cut Treasury notes and perform various clerical tasks. After his prepared remarks, he answered questions from the audience.
“Government Girls in Wartime Washington” was a program of the United States Capitol Historical Society’s 2009 Annual Symposium, “Lincoln’s Washington: Abraham Lincoln in Congress and the Presidency,” which was held in the Russell Senate Office Building. close
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