"Today’s Girls Love Pink Bows as Playthings, but These Shoot" claims a recent New York Times article about archery’s current pop culture moment, thanks to the Hunger Games trilogy and Disney’s “Brave.” But as these 1940s images from the University of Iowa suggest, the latest resurgence is part of a longer tradition of female participation in the sport:
[Archery] had been a popular female sport for many centuries, with such famous archers as Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I. Women’s participation in archery did not breech any standards of propriety for young students. Archery was elegant and graceful, and women could participate outdoors, while corseted and dressed fashionably, and without having to wear the shocking bloomers… [Student experimentation] in competitive, individual sports such as fencing, archery, tennis, golf, and bicycling… were important for paving the way to more competitive and vigorous women’s sports. — Bright Epoch: Women and Coeducation in the American West by Andrea G. Radke-Moss
F.Scott Fitzgerald & Zelda - 1920
The Smallest Star! Adorable 1920s Paper Moon Photo
Natalie, Constance & Norma Talmadge at Constance’s marriage to Townsend Netcher in May 1929
March 25th was the 103rd anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. 146 people died, 125 of them were women, were killed because of little safety equipment, poor construction, and the bosses locking the doors. Because of this horrifying fire laws changed, sweatshops were eradicated in the US.
The film at this link is mainly about sweatshops in other countries.
a group of Girl Scouts earn their badge in watermelon eating, 1919