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Indigent Widows and Single Women's Society

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Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Founded in 1817 by Sarah Ralston and other wealthy women of Philadelphia, the Indigent Widows' and Single Women's Society was created as an alternative to poor houses for older middle class women who had lost their husbands or other means of support and could not maintain life at a level above poverty. The society had an application process and fees which enabled them to restrict their population to a certain social range of women. In 1886 the Indigent Widows' and Single Women's Society built its large facility at 3615 Chestnut Street where it remained as a residence for aged Philadelphians until the mid 1980's.

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