Backstory

The Martha Washington Hotel spent most of the 20th century catering exclusively to single women.

Working Girl

At the turn at the 20th century, an 1899 New York Tribune article reported that there were 60–70,000 “self-supporting women in the city, many with nowhere to live.” Increasing numbers of women were entering the workforce and, outside of living with their parents or in boarding houses, residential options for single, working women were few. While it was acceptable for single men to live in a residential hotel, public concerns for their protection and lack of supervision made it difficult for women. …

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