1752 John Wollaston (American colonial era artist, 1733-1767) Mrs Philip Livingston with a Book on her Skirt
Many women had to learn to read for their livelihood. Some women did run their own business establishments. Known as “Feme Sole Traders,”
these women had no other means of supporting themselves & their children. Often town councils granted them the right to own a business to keep them off public relief.