The Gold Rush: What did women do?


Early San Francisco

I am researching about what life was like for women who came to San Francisco during the time of the Gold Rush. I am specifically interested in their occupations, their impact on society, and their treatment. My interest was sparked while watching a documentary in class. Part of the documentary talked about how most women during the Gold Rush were prostitutes and there were very few who were not. There was also mention of a woman, named Luzena Wilson (pictured below), who opened up an inn where miners could go and pay for a meal. These facts got me wondering; what else did women do? What were there jobs or roles in society? How were they treated?

This image is of Luzena Wilson. This image is of Luzena Wilson.


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About Jonathan Caswell

Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

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