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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.

A book signing will follow the program. Purchase this book on the day of the event from the National Archives Store and receive a 15% discount (members get 20% off).

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