Tag Archives: #women’s history

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: M.E. Firman, Lady Detective

In the early 1900s, most women in the United States lacked the right to vote. Groups such as the National American Woman Suffrage Association organized to actively campaign for enfranchisement. Winning the vote would lead to other reforms regarding child … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Harriet Parsons, Hollywood’s First Female Studio Producer

The headline “Gal Producer” in Screenland reflects attitudes toward women in Hollywood. Virtually “born in a trunk” August 23, 1906, Harriet Parsons, the only child of John Dement and Louella Parsons, grew up surrounded by entertainment folk. A child performer, … Continue reading

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Exploring Historic Photos on Flickr (Yes, Flickr)

In 2007, the Library of Congress began putting historic images on Flickr (remember Flickr?) and this was one of my favorites: The first all-woman jury in Los Angeles AND the first all-women jury in California.. Warning, you will see this … Continue reading

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Nov. 29, 1946: Meet Margaret Dixon, Only Woman Managing Editor of a U.S. Daily Newspaper

One of the Daily Mirror’s themes is to highlight women’s history – not an easy task because women’s achievements were often poorly documented, and women who attained any sort of prominence were presented as curiosities. Like the Samuel Johnson quip … Continue reading

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May 15, 1907: Police Raid Ladies-Only Gambling Parlor

Los Angeles May 15, 1907 Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Curious neighbors noticed recently that a large number of well-dressed women have been taking the streetcar to the end of the line at 54th Street and South … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Ida May Park Finds Direction in Films

  Ida May Park in Photoplay. Virtually forgotten today, Los Angeles-born Ida May Park earned the distinction of being one of the first women to direct feature films in early Hollywood, as well as write and produce, before being pushed … Continue reading

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Aggie Underwood and Women City Editors on the Frontiers of Journalism

Underwood’s autobiography, “Newspaperwoman,” written with Foster Goss. It is full of colorful stories, but like all autobiographies it should be taken with a grain of salt. It’s probably a good time to bring a little clarity to the Aggie Underwood … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Your Girl and Mine’ Promotes Women’s Suffrage

“Your Girl and Mine,” Moving Picture World. From the 1840s on, many women in the United States fought to vote. Considered merely chattel, like slaves, women were forced to endure horrible marriages, see their children taken away, and forbidden to … Continue reading

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California Bans Women as Toll Collectors on Bay Bridge – They Are Unstable

Feb. 1, 1947: I’m going through my clips on the Black Dahlia case and here’s an unrelated story from the Santa Barbara News-Press. The state personnel board prohibits women from taking the Civil Service exam for Bay Bridge toll collector … Continue reading

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Research Update From 1947

For those don’t follow my Twitter feed @latdailymirror: Unz.org is a fabulous repository of historic magazines and I have been reading a variety of 1947 issues to immerse myself in the year. Here’s a thought-provoking essay from the Saturday Review, … Continue reading

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Our Decadent Era!

The latest in women’s apparel at Hale’s Good Goods, 541, 543, 545  S. Broadway. Young women, you are slaves to fashion! 541-545 S. Broadway via Google Street View. July 3, 1913: A rabid dog runs through the streets of Tucson, … Continue reading

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Women’s History — Gertrude S. Reynolds McMullen

This postcard of the Southwest Turquoise Co., 113 N. Broadway, has been listed on EBay. The shop would have been roughly across the street from the old Times Building at 1st and Broadway. Bidding on the postcard starts at $8. … Continue reading

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Aboard the Shuttle Challenger, a Landmark in Women’s History

Oct. 11, 1984: Astronaut Kathryn Sullivan, aboard the shuttle Challenger, becomes the first American woman to take a space walk. Sullivan was involved in an experiment to show that it was possible to refuel satellites in space, even if the … Continue reading

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Mary Holland Kinkaid – Early Newspaperwoman

“The Man of Yesterday” by Mary Holland Kinkaid, has been listed on EBay. Kinkaid, who died in 1948, is forgotten today, but was city editor of the Herald and is probably the first woman city editor of a Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Women Abandon Housework for Overalls and Higher Pay

June 21, 1942: Women are taking jobs formerly held by men, and they prefer them, especially the higher wages, The Times finds. “How do they like exchanging summer frocks for overalls and aprons for masculine livery? The collective and undisputed … Continue reading

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32 Taverns and Bars Declared Off-Limits

June 7, 1942: The Navy declares 32 bars and taverns off limits in Los Angeles. Most of them are on Main Street and East 5th with a few in Hollywood. The posts on the Zoot Suit Riots have more information … Continue reading

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The Dark Side of Rosie the Riveter

May 25, 1942: Tom Treanor, who was killed covering World War II, visits a munitions factory and writes about women in the workplace. Interviewing a foreman, Treanor says: I asked him him how he stood it bossing 150 women doing … Continue reading

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State OKs Women Wearing Pants to Work

April 21, 1942: It took the approval of State Public Works Director Frank W. Clark, but women are wearing pants to work! The fashion iconoclasts are Olive Faisy and Lorena Hermance, telephone operators at the State Building. They were joined … Continue reading

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FDR Warns of Long Struggle; Nisei Vow Loyalty to U.S.

Dec. 10, 1941: At Los Angeles City College, Japanese American students are stunned by the Pearl Harbor attack and promise loyalty to the United States. “We American students of Japanese blood have confidence in the fairness of white Americans. Everyone … Continue reading

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Frontiers of Learning: Brontë Sisters Power Dolls

Brontë Sisters Power Dolls! No, they’re not real. But they are funny.

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