The Pacific Northwest Forum
Volume VII, Number 2, Pages 12-18
Summer-Fall, 1982

Washington Womens History in Professional Photographs

by Mary Cain

(Mary Cain wrote an introductory esssay to two photo collections on women's history in this issue of The Pacific Northwest Forum: To view her introduction click here.)

 

Courtesy of the Everett Public Library

 

Why did these young women leave their families to work in an isolated logging camp?

Courtesy of the Whatcm Museum Archives

 

Kerchiefed women assemble bombs in the basement of the Bellingham, Bon Marche during World War II

Courtesy of the Whatcom Museum Archives

 

Handpacking has traditionally been considered women's work,
Hershy Packing Company, Swinomish, Washington, September, 1938.

Courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma

 

Large Women's Clubs were commonplace during the first part of this century.
The Sandison Collection includes many such photographs.

Courtesy of the Whatcom Museum archives, Sandison Collection

 

Both in wartime and peacetime, Washington women are n strangers to industrial work. Rivetters, 1940's.

Courtesy of the Boeing Historical Services, Seattle

 

Uninhibited by long skirts, students and teachers join in an action-packed basketball game. LaConnor. Early 1900's.

Courtesy of the Skagit County Historical Museum

 

Organized political action is one way women have effected change. Seattle, 1940.

Courtesy of the Historical Society of Seattle and King County, Post Intelligencer Collection

 

Unusual commercial photograp documenting tribal ceremony, is one of a series taken on the same day.
Men and women appear to have separate activities.

Courtesy of the Everett Public Library

 

This photograph suggests women's active role in the labor movement.
The original was a postcard purchased near Mt. St. Helens in 1915.

Courtesy of the Suquamish Tribal Photographic Archives

 

Creamery workers. Who are these women? What were their jobs? How did they spend their earnings?

Courtesy of the Whatcom Museum Archives, Kinsy Collection

 

Carefully composed close-up of woman labelling chicken can.
Cannery work and women's work have been synonymous in Washington's history.

Courtesy of the Whatcom Museum Archives