Southern Women and their Riots: “Bread or Blood!”

Today marks the 152nd anniversary of the Richmond Bread Riot, during which hundreds of workers—the majority of whom were women—took to the streets of the Confederate capital to protest food shortages, hoarding, speculation, and rampant inflation. After Virginia’s governor, John Letcher, declined to meet with the protesters, the group, led by Mary Jackson and Minerva … [Read more…]

Girls Rock of Columbia Success!

Girls Rock Columbia sold out New Brookland Tavern Saturday night with their volunteer and supporter showcase. Including house band Caffeine Ticks, there were eleven bands of brave, rocking ladies proving their chops. Shouting, “Girls to the front,” camp leader Mollie Williamson set off the evening of jams with the delightfully catchy Girls Rock Columbia camp … [Read more…]

Fannie Benjamin Johnston: The New Woman

Fannie Benjamin Johnston was one of the earliest women photographers. Born in 1864 in West Virginia, Johnston grew up in Washington, D.C., took portraits of many notable Americans (including Susan B. Anthony and Booker T. Washington), and traveled extensively. Here she is in a memorable self-portrait, titled “The New Woman,” showing her petticoat and holding … [Read more…]