In Her Own Right

The Female Society of Philadelphia for the Relief and Employment of the Poor records

Date created 1795-01-01 – 1978-01-01
Creators The Female Society of Philadelphia for the Relief and Employment of the Poor
Abstract Although this association had much in common with other charitable organizations—its members preferred providing work to aid whenever possible, and they were careful to distinguish between the "worthy" and "unworthy" poor, occasionally denying someone admittance for reasons like uncleanliness or intemperance—it also differed in ways that point to a diversity of strategies within Philadelphia's benevolent community. For instance, they aided men as well as women, providing clothing, coal, and groceries to the infirm. They also aided women of different races and ethnicities, mentioning interactions with "colour'd" and German aid recipients. This collection would be quite valuable for a study of the organization's day-to-day activities.
Research interest Although this association had much in common with other charitable organizations—its members preferred providing work to aid whenever possible, and they were careful to distinguish between the "worthy" and "unworthy" poor, occasionally denying someone admittance for reasons like uncleanliness or intemperance—it also differed in ways that point to a diversity of strategies within Philadelphia's benevolent community. For instance, they aided men as well as women, providing clothing, coal, and groceries to the infirm. They also aided women of different races and ethnicities, mentioning interactions with "colour'd" and German aid recipients. This collection would be quite valuable for a study of the organization's day-to-day activities.
Size 6.25 lf
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