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Women and the Railroads

 Women and the Railroads

The men who owned, built, and ran the railroads were often single-minded in their pursuit of money and power, and were not inclined to hire women to do jobs that were, during the 1830’s, the exclusive province of men. Women could not vote or even own property in their own names, and the idea that they could do “men’s” jobs produced just as much skepticism as this new form of transportation.  Women faced a long and difficult struggle. In this lesson plan we will explore the journey taken by some of the women who were pioneers in the world of railroading.

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