Mary Katherine Goddard was a strong and respectable woman. She was revolutionary in that she was a single female business woman at a time in history when women were greatly oppressed by the patriarchal and misogynist society in which they lived. She dedicated her entire life to her career and her love of print. She learned the trade from working at her brother’s businesses, she began to make a name for herself when she put her name on the colophon, and she gained notoriety when she became the first woman in America to be given the position of postmaster and being the first person, male or female, to print the Declaration of Independence with signatures of the men who signed it. Even though she was removed from her position of power she proved that a woman was more than capable of working in the print industry, and remains an important feminist icon in the world of the print industry.


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