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Aetna Insurance Co., Hartford, Conn., ca. 1907 - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Aetna Helps Make Hartford “The Insurance Capital of the World”

March 27, 2015

Aetna started out as fire insurance company in Hartford in 1819, but spread into life insurance and is now a global leader in the health insurance industry. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Hartford, Work

Bursting of the Staffordville Reservoir

Bursting of the Staffordville Reservoir – Today in History: March 27

March 27, 2015

On March 27, 1877, the Staffordville Reservoir Company’s dam burst, flooding the valley for a distance of five miles and causing the loss of two lives. The dam, on the …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Stafford

The Good Will Club, ca. 1920. The Club is still in operation today as the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford - Marlborough Historical Society and the Richmond Memorial Library, Marlborough

Mary Hall: Connecticut’s First Female Attorney

March 26, 2015

Writer and suffragist Mary Hall developed an interest in the law after hearing John Hooker speak at a suffragist convention. She studied under Hooker and became Connecticut's first female attorney. …[more]

Categories: Law, Marlborough, Social Movements, Women, Work


Video – Martha Parsons Tribute Film

March 26, 2015

The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to Enfield native Martha Parsons, the first female business executive in Connecticut to earn her position based on merit. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Enfield, Women, Work

Burning Benedict Arnold in Effigy - New York Public Library Digital Collections, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs

Benedict Arnold: America’s Most Famous Traitor

March 25, 2015

Benedict Arnold of Norwich was one of the great Continental army heroes of the American Revolution before committing treason and joining the British army. …[more]

Categories: Benedict Arnold, Danbury, New Haven, New London, Norwich, Revolutionary War, Ridgefield, War and Defense

Two women strikers from Ladies Tailors union on picket line during the garment workers strike, 1910, New York City - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: Connecticut Lessons from a Tragedy

March 25, 2015

While the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in New York City is one of the most famous tragedies behind the organized labor movement, Connecticut had its share of equally dangerous work environments in the early 20th century. Many of them inspired Connecticut Workers to organize. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Disaster, Social Movements, Women, Work

The Girl in White, movie advertisement starring June Allyson as Emily Dunning Barringer

New Canaan’s Pioneering Female Physician

March 24, 2015

Long-time New Canaan resident Dr. Emily Dunning Barringer was the first female ambulance surgeon in New York City and the first female physician to work as an intern in a …[more]

Categories: Health and Medicine, New Canaan, Women, Work, World War I

Southern New England Telephone Company Operator School

Connecticut’s First Female Telephone Operator – Today in History: March 24

March 24, 2015

On March 24, 1879, Marjorie Gray became Connecticut’s first female telephone operator. Working for the Telephone Dispatch Company of Bridgeport (which was taken over by the Southern New England Telephone …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Business and Industry, Women

Detail from a glass plate negative showing the rear of one of the tenements that lined the Park River

Hartford’s Sex Trade: Prostitutes and Politics

March 23, 2015

Union organizer Rebecca Weiner was among the few who proposed to address the social and economic conditions that enabled the world’s oldest profession to thrive in the capital city during the 1800s.  …[more]

Categories: CT At Work: Hartford Area, Hartford, Social Movements, Women, Work

Mary F. Bishop, Means for Operating Egg Beaters, Patent Number 384,674  - June 19, 1888, Bridgeport

The Inventive Minds of Connecticut Women: Patents in the 19th Century

March 22, 2015

In 1809, a Connecticut resident received the first US patent issued to a woman, but it would not be until after 1840 that women’s patents made their mark in the …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Invention and Technology, Women

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