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"Schoolgirls"

In 1834, Eliza Chappel opened her school for girls, with 20 students. It soon became one of Chicago's first free public schools. Young women who entered one of the few careers open to them could begin teaching after finishing elementary school. In 1870, female teachers received an annual salary of $200 to teach an average class of 40 students.

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