Frances Lewis
Frances Lewis was one of the first women to operate streetcars in the District of Columbia in 1943 when the company hired several dozen women to offset a white male labor shortage caused by World War II.

The company hired the white women for both streetcars and buses, but refused to hire black men or women, prompting a series of protests and demonstrations that lasted until the company desegregated its operator ranks in 1955.

The first black female bus operator knowingly hired was Sarah Owens in 1968. At least one black female, Sarah Grayson, was hired in 1943, but was fired when it was discovered she was black.
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