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 Gallery of the History of Women at Treasury

By: Rose Fishman
3/29/2013

Earlier this month, Treasury Notes highlighted the start of Women’s History Month with a blog post on the 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar. As we near the end of the month, Treasury Notes is proud to feature photographs displayed in a gallery on the second-floor hallway of the Treasury building showcasing women in Treasury history. The historical photographs date between 1874 and 1926, honoring the role and contributions that women have made to the Department. Today Treasury has the most women in senior positions ever including Treasurer Rosie Rios, Under Secretary for International Affairs Lael Brainard, Under Secretary for Domestic Finance Mary Miller, Assistant Secretary for Management Nani Coloretti, Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy Janice Eberly, Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis S. Leslie Ireland, and Assistant Secretary for International Markets, Development Marisa Lago, and Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs​ Natalie Wyeth Earnest.

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The first woman Director of the United States Mint Nellie Tayloe Ross confers with Edwin H. Dressel, Superintendent of the Philadelphia Mint, on January 11, 1937. They were discussing the move of gold holdings from the United States Mint of Philadelphia and the United States Assay Office at New York City to the newly-constructed gold bullion Depository at Fort Knox, KY. Mrs. Ross, who served from 1933 to 1953, was also the Mint’s longest-termed Director.

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In 1913, a women’s suffrage pageant was held on the south plaza of the Treasury building featuring a performance of Florence Noyes as “Liberty”.

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The office of Miss Jan Searey and Miss Van Vranken at the Treasury building. A photograph taken by Francis B. Johnston for Cosmopolitan Magazine in 1890.

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Helen Hamilton Burgess, the great, great granddaughter of Alexander Hamilton becomes a charter member of the Treasury Historical Association in 1973.


Rose Fishman is an intern in the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 

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