This plaque in the Ellis Island museum caught my attention:
Alright ladies, let's be honest. Historically men have always divided women between saints and prostitutes. Certainly, this is the subtext of the above proscription. Well, my great-grandmother was such a woman. (No, not a prostitute). She was 15 when she arrived in 1899 and on her passenger arrival form, she said she was going to her father Paul in Lansford, Pennsylvania. And so she was.