Today is not only Friday but also March 8th which is International Women's Day. I've been honoring my female ancestors all month as part of a daily prompt series called Fearless Females, so I thought it best for my Friday's Faces from the Past series to celebrate all women not just those I'm related to.
This is orphan photo is from my great-grandmother Minnie's collection. Perhaps these two unknown women are sisters? The photo resides between two photos of unknown men, probably suitors of my Minnie's. One of the men is labeled Mac and he is being photographed in front of a Law building in 1921. The photo of the ladies is neither identified nor labeled and was printed on a postcard cardboard. I love their matching dress and the lockets they are each wearing. I also adore their tender pose as they embrace each other. My fairly uneducated guess dates this photo to the late teens early 1920s, or maybe closer to the turn of the century. I could use a fashion historian for the date.
These two young women were probably friends of my great-grandmother Minnie from her early years in Hartford or New York City. I may never know if they were amongst the suffragettes but I'm pretty sure that they earned the right to vote sometime around the time this photo was taken. Thought today, almost take the right to vote for granted, yet equality for women remains fragile especially across the globe. While some think International Women's Day is no longer current or marketable, I disagree.
To learn more about the History of International Women's day I recommend the following post:
International Women’s Day… what’s it all about? at Seeking Susan ~ Meeting Marie ~ Finding Family
For resources on researching your women ancestors, I suggests:
Women’s History Month 2013: 31 Sources for Researching Female Ancestors at Gena's Genealogy
Enjoyed my Fearless Females series? Want more? I highlighted in pink some of my favorite fellow bloggers who are also participating in +Lisa Alzo Women's History Month: 31 Daily Prompt series.