Welome back to The Gal-lery, where DG spotlights women from the expansive and far-reaching fields of art and design.
What does the name Mary Pickford bring to mind? The doe-eyed ingénue of the silent film era, with girlishly-curled locks, and who wore those darling ruffled babydoll dresses? Yes, Ms. Pickford did capitalize on her youthful charms, but she was so much more than a sweet face of the early cinematic world— keep on reading to discover more about the astute woman behind the it-girl face!
Thanks partially to the leaps and bounds in the printing industry and its technology and the sudden abundance of new periodicals, journals, books, newspapers and other printed materials in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there existed a great need for illustrators to help fill the printed page to the brim with imagery. Many gifted women were able to rise to the occasion during the Golden Age of American illustration, and took advantage of the opportunity to demonstrate their capable skills.
One such artist was Elizabeth Shippen Green (1871-1954), whose delicate, wistful and beautiful illustrations graced the pages of Harper’s Monthly Magazine, where she became the first women staff artist back in 1901.
March might be known for coming in like a lion and out like a lamb, but it’s also National Women’s History Month, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. If you’d like to read-up on NWHM, you can view the website for the National Women’s History Project here— the site is chock-full of wonderful information and resources.
In keeping with the theme of women’s history, for this week’s Gal-lery, I asked some of our editors and contributors here at The Daily Geekette to share with us which woman from history they found intriguing, whom they perhaps most admired or found utterly inspirational. Keep reading to discover who Brianna, Kayla, Sarah and I would love the chance to meet!
With awards season upon us, the question on the tip of many red carpet hosts’ tongues is ‘Who are you wearing?’ Nowadays, thanks to an omnipresent media coverage and the breakneck speed at which information travels, we’re privy to the designers of the famous and rich members of the world, from Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton, to the starlets of the red carpet brigade and beyond.
Of course, over the years, well-known designers and dressmakers have been trying to make their brands as ubiquitous as possible, but, long before even the technology of radio was available to the masses, individual dressmakers made their livings, frequently in their immediate locale, and in the process becoming lost in or simply overlooked throughout the course of history. Thus, in the hopes of shedding some light on these artisans, for this week’s Gal-lery, I present to you Elizabeth Keckley (although it is sometimes alternately Keckly), personal seamstress to a First Lady with whom many are familiar.
If you’re at all interested in Ancient Egypt and archaeology, you may have heard about the discovery of a tomb in Abu Sir, belonging to Khentakawess III. There isn’t a lot of information about her as of yet, but inscriptions from her tomb and other artifacts found at the site indicate that she was possibly Pharaoh Neferefre’s (of the Fifth Dynasty) wife and queen.
Archaeology has fascinated me since I was a child, and my interest in ancient civilizations has only grown since then. Learning about female rulers and their rightful place in history has, personally, become an increasingly important subject as well, since women and women’s roles have historically been marginalized, trivialized or almost struck entirely from the historical record for their accomplishments. Thus, this week’s Gal-lery is going to stray from its usual theme of artists and designers so that I may present to you Hatshepsut, Egypt’s longest-reigning female pharaoh.