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…]
“When in Rome, do as you done in Milledgeville.” – Flannery O’Connor Auntie Bellum is looking for dispatches from outside the South. Are you a Southern woman in exile? Why’d you leave? What’s it like out there? What are they saying about us? Are you back already? Tell us about it. Send a proposal (up … [Read more…]
Auntie Bellum will take a closer look at Southern women, past and present. Pictured here: two women, unidentified by the photographer, in 1930s Alabama. Photo credit: Alabama Department of Archives and History
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 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…]
This is the Lorelei Ladies vs. the Atlanta Tomboys in the 1950s. More to come on these ladies later in the year.