- Question 4
- The stereotype of women
in the Yukon characterizes them as dance hall girls, there only to entertain
The dance hall girls are immortalized in the public imagination as
the only female presence in the Yukon. A number of women did make
their names and their fortunes in that line of work. But many women
went to the Yukon for other reasons as well. Some went in support
of their husbands and were in charge of the more domestic camp duties
while their partners mined the fields. Others knew there would be
single men with no one to take care of them and these women set up
road houses, restaurants and laundries to meet the domestic demands.
Nuns and nurses went to tend to the spiritual and health needs of
the ever-growing population. And still other women went for professional
motives, such as journalism, or simply the prospect of making themselves
independently wealthy by staking a claim and striking it rich.