On Thursday, December 8, the museum will close at 3:30 p.m. due to a special event; Spark!Lab and Wonderplace will close at 3 p.m.

Schooled to Work

School prepared girls for the future. But not all futures were the same. Some girls would work in factories, farms, and offices. Others would nurse, teach, sew, or stay at home.

Schools shaped these futures. Some girls had access to gifted programs, others to vocational training.

At school, girls confronted the nation's ideas as to where they fit in, where they belonged, and how much they would be paid.


Schools undervalue girls because women are undervalued in the workplace.

The wage gap. For every dollar that white men earn, white women earn 84 cents; African American women earn 70 cents; and Latinas earn 64 cents.