In family-owned businesses, the boundary between what men could do and what women could do was less distinct. The protective structure of the family gave women the opportunity to work at jobs usually associated with men. (Buechle's Meat Market)

In family-owned businesses, the boundary between what men could do and what women could do was less distinct. The protective structure of the family gave women the opportunity to work at jobs usually associated with men. (Buechle's Meat Market)

Women sought out millinery shops for employment because of the attractive working environment. (Ruprecht Brothers Company)

Women sought out millinery shops for employment because of the attractive working environment. (Ruprecht Brothers Company)

This gallery recreates a 1984 exhibit titled "Iowa Women in the Workplace." The exhibit, curated by Mary Allison Farley, traveled Iowa for three years. The exhibit and text were also adapted into an article for The Palmpest, Volume 67, Number 1, January/February 1986.

This gallery recreates a 1984 exhibit titled "Iowa Women in the Workplace." The exhibit, curated by Mary Allison Farley, traveled Iowa for three years. The exhibit and text were also adapted into an article for The Palmpest, Volume 67, Number 1, January/February 1986.

Women working at the McFadden Coffee and Spice Company in Dubuque Iowa in 1912

Women working at the McFadden Coffee and Spice Company in Dubuque Iowa in 1912

Nurses working at Mercy Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa, 1912

Nurses working at Mercy Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa, 1912

Nurses working at Mercy Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa, 1912

Nurses working at Mercy Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa, 1912

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