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Tuesday Tidbits: Female Firsts - Women in the Workforce: Part 1

Over the next six weeks, Tuesday Tidbits, will highlight Female Firsts: A Brief History of  Women in the Workforce. This is Part 1: Colonial America and the Industrial Revolution. Colonial America Female First: Margaret Corbin fights in the American Revolution and becomes the first woman to receive a pension for her service. Would You Believe: Many colonies forbid women from acquiring land or owning a business. The adage “a woman’s place was in the home” has a long history in America. During Colonial times, women maintained a peripheral role in business, contributing to the economic status of their household by assisting family with harvests or doing domestic chores. There were a few exceptions to this rule. Occasionally, a widow ran their husband’s business following his death,...

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