Working Women

At the turn-of-the-century, very few women work outside the home. The traditional jobs for professional women are teaching, nursing, and secretarial work. The majority of working class women in Charlotte work in a laundry or in textile mills. Below is a list of women occupations according to the 1908 Charlotte City Directory.

  • Actress (1)
  • Artist (4)
  • Assistant City Editor of Newspaper (1)
  • Binder (2)
  • Bookkeeper (12)
  • Canvasser (1)
  • Cashier (3)
  • Cigar Maker (1)
  • College Professor (28)
  • Cook (164)
  • Court Reporter (1)
  • Dean of College ( 1)
  • Dressmaker/Tailoress (36)
  • Dry Clean Owner (1)
  • Folder (4)
  • Forelady (1)
  • Grocer (1)
  • Housekeeper (5)
  • Huckster (1)
  • Insurance Agent (2)
  • Lady Principal (4)
  • Laborer (3 )
  • Librarian ( 3)
  • Manicurist ( 2)
  • Matron (8)
  • Midwife (1)
  • Milliner (12)
  • Missionary (1)
  • Musician (1)
  • Nun (Mother Superior) (1)
  • Nurse (39)
  • Office Clerk ( 41)
  • Organist (1)
  • Pantry Keeper (1)
  • Peddler (1)
  • Photographer (1)
  • Poetess (1)
  • Physician (1)
  • Postal Clerk (3)
  • Publisher (1)
  • Runs a Boarding House (17)
  • School Teacher (84)
  • Secretary (1)
  • Seamstrees/Trimmer (57)
  • Sales Clerk (63)
  • Stenographer (78)
  • Stewardess in a Hotel (1)
  • Superintendent of Presbyterian Hospital (1)
  • Telephone Operator (31)
  • Manufacturing Worker including Textiles (289)
  • Tooth Extractor (1)
  • Waitress (1)