18 Tiny Deaths fills a historical gap, the story of a independently wealthy woman who blazed trails in a field dominated by men. Increasing numbers of students across the country are using Frances Glessner Lee and her work as subjects for school projects. These guides have information and resources for students and teachers.
A career in medicine was unusual for a woman like Frances Glessner Lee, but not unheard of. The only medical school she wanted to attend didn’t accept women.
Frances Glessner Lee was the first woman police captain in the United States. Today, women comprise about 13 percent of law enforcement officers.
As a child of Gilded Age affluence, careers for Frances Glessner Lee were limited. Women’s colleges of the late 1800s taught humanities but rarely vocational fields.