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“Move Over Sir: Women Working on the Railroad”

When the railroad allowed the American public to move westward, it not only opened up possibilities for men seeking their fortunes, but also for women pursuing opportunities outside the home. In the late 1830s and ‘40s, telegraph lines expanded alongside new railroad tracks created professional opportunities for women. This, despite continuing social norms that discouraged them from working outside the home. The exhibit “Move Over Sir: Women Working on the Railroad” traces the contributions women have made to the railroad industry over the past 150 years, calling out specific women and their roles shattering the glass ceiling. On April 13, Patricia LaBounty, curator at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, presents an in-depth look at the roles of women in the railroad since the early 19th century. And then on April 29, Jim Williams, chief engineer at the Brazos Valley Railroad Society, shares the impact railroads have made on Brazoria County’s history. These programs are free, but pre-registration is required.

When:

April 1-30

Where:

Brazoria County Historical Museum ANGLETON, Texas

More Information:

Phone: 979-864-1208

Website: bchm.org

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