Perspective character

Name: Kathleen May Browne
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Gender: Female
Age: 18
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian, Irish
Profession: Factory Worker at L. Adler Brothers & Company
Home Location: Apartment in Downtown Rochester, NY
Memberships/Factions: Rochester General Labor Union and the Independent Worker's Union
Relationships: Sean Browne (Father) Esther Browne (Mother), Charlotte Browne (sister), Megan Browne (Sister), William Browne (Brother), Aidan Browne (Brother), Michael and Enya Brennan (Uncle and Aunt), Aileen and Rory Brennan (Cousins)
Disposition: Shy but stubborn
High concept: Become one of the first female engineers
Special skills/abilities: Very good mechanic
Notable flaws/weaknesses: Hates to be told "no"
Basic appearance description (daily, avg): Brown hair tied or pinned up, clean but well-worn clothes, petite, brown eyes
Motivations:
Short-term motivation
Medium-term motivation
Long-term motivation
  • Get better wages and more reasonable hours
  • Apply to RAMI
  • Study Mechanical Engineering at RAMI
  • Find a job she can work while being a student
  • Graduate from RAMI
  • Own a machine shop
  • Eventually start a family


Narrative


Background (family, education, important life events)
Kathleen was born in 1902 to Sean Browne, a mechanic, and his wife Esther, a factory worker. She has two sisters, Charlotte (21) and Megan (13), and two brothers, Will (25) and Aidan (15). Another brother was born when she was 10 but was too small and sickly to survive. Her mother never fully recovered from his death and was unable to go back to work. Will joined the Army when he turned 18 and served during WWI. He was injured but returned to his deployment oversees, where he will be until 1922. Kathleen had looked up to him growing up, and with him away she misses him a lot and writes him often.
Throughout her childhood she loved school and helping her father at the machine shop where he worked, and she always dreamed of being one of the first girls to attend the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute for Mechanical Engineering instead of Home Economics. After the death of her baby brother her mother slipped into a depression and was no longer able to work, so Kathleen and Charlotte took on a paper route to help pay he bills, and on their sixteenth birthdays each girl dropped out of school to get a full time job.
She currently lives in a small apartment with her older sister - who works as a clerk for L. Adler Bros. & Co. - and two other girls who work in another factory. It is in the same building as her close friend and cousin Aileen Brennan and her little brother Rory, who live with an aunt and uncle. She spends what free time she has with cousins or her two younger siblings at home, reading, writing to Will, or helping her father at the machine shop.

Current Biography (ca. 1921):
Kathleen is working for Adler Bros. and has begun studying engineering concepts from books she's borrowed. She hopes to apply to RAMI for next fall. In the meantime, she has gotten involved with the labor unions. She has decided to fight for better wages and more reasonable hours (so she can study more), and more opportunities for women to be promoted. She's hoping that the Union and Adler Bros. can come to an agreement that will allow her to keep working while becoming a student.