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At the Craft Fair, mid 1970s

These brightly colored pictures might document a women’s club charity sale. Although they have no date, I think they come from the mid 1970s. My first clue was the lime green check pantsuit worn by the woman on the right.  … Continue reading

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Installing the Supreme Royal Matron of the Order of Amaranth

I received a lot of help for this post.  Thanks to Judith and hoppa_55, via Instagram, who suggested that I look into two organizations that were new to me—the Daughters of the Nile and the Order of the Amaranth. The … Continue reading

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Queen for a Day

But queen of what? I found these prints in a favorite store for old photos, the Broadway Antique Mart in Chicago. Almost every visit to see my daughter includes a trip there. The pictures have been sitting in my files … Continue reading

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The Politics of Valentine’s Day

So you thought Valentine’s Day was all about candy and flowers?  During the early twentieth century, when women’s suffrage was a hotly debated topic in America, even this seemingly apolitical holiday sparked satire. In this 1907 anti suffrage postcard, the … Continue reading

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Maggie Kuhn–Fierce

When Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995) was forced to retire once she turned sixty-five, her coworkers gave her a sewing machine.  They had seriously misjudged her retirement plans.  Kuhn had worked as an organizer all her life, first developing programs for working … Continue reading

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Prime Time—A Feminist Journal for Older Women

When Marjory Collins lost her job in 1971 at the age of fifty-nine, she couldn’t find a new one.  Employers weren’t interested in hiring a woman of her age. Out of anger she created her own position, although one without … Continue reading

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An Eastern Star Event, Early 1950s

Since fancy dress up wear is often a problem for older women, I was fascinated by this photograph of an Eastern Star event most likely taken in the early 1950s.  The Eastern Star is an affiliate organization of the Masons. … Continue reading

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Marching for the Equal Rights Amendment in Florida

In 1972, the US congress passed an Equal Rights Amendment that was sent to the states for ratification. It never won the requisite number of state endorsements for inclusion in the constitution. In Florida, the struggle for state approval went … Continue reading

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Trimming the Tree, 1950

This tree, put up by the Soroptimist club, might have been the biggest one in Banning California in 1950. The organization, new to me, was founded in the 1920s and still exists today.  It caters to business and professional women … Continue reading

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Jane Addams of Hull House

I’m in Chicago visiting my daughter, so I thought I would reflect once again on the wonders of this city. In interest of full disclosure, I should probably admit that I was born here and lived in the suburbs for … Continue reading

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