WASHINGTON, D.C. — Famed photographer Margaret Bourke-White’s favorite style in the Thirties and Forties was utilitarian trousers at a time when few women wore them. And she had a steel mill to thank for it.

Starting out as a photographer of gardens and elegant estates in Cleveland, Bourke-White got her big break when she convinced the owner of Otis Steel to drop the ban on women in the steel plant, allowing her five months of access to photograph everywhere inside.

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