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Photo Credit: Civil Service Meeting with Engineers, 1955. Item 52444, Engineering Department Photographic Negatives (Record Series 2613-07)

Women in City Government

Some women found their "places" in the City by fighting tirelessly for them, enduring discrimination and unfair treatment. It was often the women who came after them who benefited from their work. Other women found niches where they fit in easily and were able to do their work unimpeded. And some women worked without pay in order to do what they felt was important work.

From advocating for women and children on the streets to finding a way to increase the number of women working for the City in professional positions, women in city government have struggled since the City was founded to create a more hospitable environment for themselves and the women who came after them. Some women are well known, some are not remembered. All made a difference in the quality of life for women in the City of Seattle today.

Seattle Womens Commission

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Municipal Archives, City Clerk

Anne Frantilla, City Archivist
Address: 600 Fourth Avenue, Third Floor, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94728, Seattle, WA, 98124-4728
Phone: (206) 684-8353
archives@seattle.gov

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