352 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 6 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3597-2
Published: November 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3598-9
Published: October 2017
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Examining the advent of female federal employment, Ziparo finds a lost opportunity for wage equality in the federal government and shows how despite discrimination, prejudice, and harassment, women persisted, succeeding in making their presence in the federal workforce permanent.
About the Author
Jessica Ziparo earned her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
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"This Grand Experiment offers a fresh look at Civil War Washington by examining the experience of the thousands of women who flocked to federal agencies to help administer the war. Although female federal employees endured salacious rumors and generally were ‘underpaid, underutilized, and underappreciated,’ Jessica Ziparo shows how their struggles both challenged and reinforced contemporary notions of female inferiority. With careful research and thoughtful analysis, Ziparo tells a compelling story of a remarkable group of women who helped America fight the Civil War and rebuild the nation afterward."--Chris Myers Asch, coauthor of Chocolate City
“This Grand Experiment makes a welcome and valuable contribution to our understanding of women’s struggles for opportunities, employment, recognition, and equal rights during the Civil War and the decades thereafter. This highly readable account is based on exhaustive research on more than three thousand women who sought federal employment during this period. Ziparo reminds us that these women were more than just workers; they were complex pioneers who fought for equal pay while having a fascinating and complicated relationship with the suffrage movement. This is essential reading for those who are interested in women’s history, political history, and the Civil War era.”--Brad Austin, Salem State University