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Subway Guard NYC

They had women as subway guards in New York in 1917? I guess so - women porters, women guards, and women couldn't vote! Guess women could work - but then we've always worked. It would be difficult to chase a stile jumper or a mugger in that skirt.

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress,
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There is an interesting article about NY women conductors and guards in the New York Times. [external link]
May 06, 2012 9:23 pm reply
Fascinating article - it says that it's a danger for women's health because they can't stand on their feet that long and also are exposed to drafts and cold. Any mother faces the same - with no pay! ;)
May 07, 2012 4:19 pm reply
Photo taken at Subway New York City, New York USA on