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  • noun dated A yeowoman.


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yeoman +‎ -ette


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  • Before the war, women' had worked as factory hands, store clerks, waitresses, telephone operators, typists, cashiers, housemaids and so forth . . .

    Now, most all jobs were open to them. They worked as trolley-car conductors, operated elevators, drew beer, worked milk delivery routes, replaced men in the post offices, wor cute uniforms and worked down at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and were called yeomanettes. Men stopped giving them their seats in the subways.

    Betty Smith, Maggie-Now (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1958), p. 256 ("The war" is World War I.)

    September 11, 2018