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Women of 1880s-1920s

Women Portraits 1900s-1920s, Glass Negatives. Created by: LOC's Public Domain ArchiveDated: 1911
Stine, Sable, Gilliland, Baston, Snow ready for race
The beginning of the twentieth century was a period of dramatic change for women in the West. In the late Victorian period women were constricted by a patriarchal social structure.
But the early twentieth century saw the creation of the Suffragette movement, the catalyst for the rapid social change that occurred over the rest of the century. With career options other than marriage and motherhood opening up to them, women engaged with politics, served in the two world wars, made an impact on the artistic and literary worlds and experienced social and sexual liberation.
Between 1880 and 1910, the number of women employed in the United States increased from 2.6 million to 7.8 million. Women's organizations in towns and cities across the U.S. were working to promote suffrage, better schools, the regulation of child labor, women in unions, and liquor prohibition.
By emphasizing traditional traits, female social reformers created new spaces for themselves in local and then national government even before they had the right to vote.
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Bathing beach beauty contest, [1920], Eliz. Roache (most beautiful suit)
Edith Bolling (married Woodrow Wilson)

Edith Bolling (married Woodrow Wilson)

Photograph shows half-length portrait of Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, seated, facing right. Title from negative sleeve. Forms part of: C.M. Bell Studio Collection (Library of Congress).

Maude by G.P. J. Hood [Jacomb Hood]

Maude by G.P. J. Hood [Jacomb Hood]

Photograph shows Maud Franklin, full-length portrait, standing, facing front, near a doorway. Title from negative sleeve. Film copy negative: LC-J201-11. James and Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collection of Whistleriana.

Miss Alice Hay, Frances Benjamin Johnston collection

Miss Alice Hay, Frances Benjamin Johnston collection

Photograph shows three-quarter length portrait of Alice Hay (Mrs. James Wolcott Wadsworth), seated in chair, facing front. She was the daughter of ambassador and statesman John Milton Hay. Title from negative s... More

Dewey, Mrs. Wife of Adm. seated in home presented by public, about 1902
Evans, Mrs. George (Mary Handy) grand niece of Mathew Brady. May 2, 1934
Helen Hay, Frances Benjamin Johnston collection

Helen Hay, Frances Benjamin Johnston collection

Photograph shows three-quarter length portrait of poet, writer and philanthropist Helen Julia Hay (Mrs. Helen Payne Whitney), seated in front of door, facing front. She was a daughter of ambassador and statesm... More

Arnold Genthe - Three women on Kearney Street, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - A slave girl in holiday attire, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - The little mandarin, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - Chinese girl, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - Dressed for the feast, Chinatown, San Francisco
Farrar in full length fur coat
Marg. Clark
Mrs. Jno. Schenk
Caruso & wife
Margaret Woodrow Wilson
Mrs. A.G. Vanderbilt (Mrs. Margaret Emerson McKim)
Geraldine Farrar
Mrs. Dorothy Bateman
Mrs. Jas. Clarkson
Bernhardt (Gismonda)
Harriet May Mills
Nellie Melba
K. Howard
Old time costumes in frille, Buckeburg, Ger.
Infanta Eulalie
Dr. Marion Edwards Park
Marion Davies
Lady Mary Thynne
Anna Pavlova and Viscount Mishima & family
Mrs. Gertrude Gilmour
Lola Clark Pearson
Mrs. W.K. Vanderbilt, Jr.
Miss Elizabeth Asquith
Mrs. Phil Lydig
Nich. Longworth & Wife at Denver
Helen Chadwick
Mrs. A.J. Drexel, Lallie Charles, Photo. / Lallie Charles.
Evelyn Herbert
Italian opera singer Galli - Curci
Hope Hamilton
Naomi Childers
Grand Duke Boris and wife


Photo shows opera singer Sophie Braslau (1902-1935), a contralto who performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009 and Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia)

Capt. C. Nungesser and wife
B. Gimbel and wife
Mrs. Nicholas Brady
Queen of Yugoslavia
Hulda Guthner
Lord Greenock (child)
Lady Warrender
Mrs. Jas. E. (Miriam) Ferguson
The Roosevelt family
Adalbert, Prince of Germany
Ambassador Bakhmeteff and wife
C.A. Coey and bride with Geo. Harrison, Los Angeles
Alice Terry
Dr. A. Claus & wife
Constance Binney
Connie Regan & "Glorious Me"
Alice Drexel
Ada Jones
Mrs. Mabel Willebrandt
Princess Kuni seated
Prince Charles of Belgium
Mrs. Barney Bernard
Jane Winton
Minni Brokaw & Phyllis Thompson
Corinne Griffith
Mary E. McDowell
Elizabeth R. Wylie
Pola Negri
Mary Philbin
Phyllis Dare, standing
Edith Deacon, with other ladies, holding bouquet
Mme. Sembrich
Mae Murray (chinchilla coat)
Schumann Heink
Mrs. Florence Foster Jenkins
Left, Almyra Deitz; Right, Leslie Deitz
Anna Fitziu
Kemp as "Carmen"
Marchioness S.A. Santa Maria
One of King Sisters

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