Joan Youngken


This segment is a photograph essay compiled by the Society's Curator and Deputy Director for Collections, Joan Youngken, featuring images of women at work from the colonial period to the 1960s. It demonstrates how women worked within and without the constraints of their particular time period to find their own "True Professions," a phrase often used by Catherine Beecher and her sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe, in their mid-nineteenth century manuals for women. All of the images used in this photograph essay are from the collections of the Newport Historical Society.