The Forgotten Heroines of Soap Suds Row – Military Laundresses


Learn about some of the first non-native women to come to the western frontier and how critical they were to the success of the U.S. Military.


In this lesson, students will learn how military laundresses, like those at Fort Stanton, were the first women sanctioned to serve, first to be recognized as part of the military structure and first to be paid by the government. In addition to providing laundry services for the troops, they were some of the first women on the frontier and acted as midwives, nannies, housekeepers, caregivers for the sick and lonely, and provided a feminine presence in a male-dominated world.

Program Duration: 45-60 min. w/ Q&A


Additional information


Fort Stanton & Lincoln Historic Sites


Social Studies


History, Westward Expansion

Age Group

Pre-K – Kindergarten, 1st – 2nd Grade, 3rd – 5th Grade, 6th – 8th Grade, 9th – 12th Grade, College, Adult