Women’s History Month: focus on 1920s

And in the deep night
I felt my mother rise,
And stare down upon me
With love in her eyes.

I saw my mother sitting
On the one good chair,
A light falling on her
From I couldn’t tell where.

Looking nineteen,
And not a day older,
And the harp with a woman’s head
Leaned against her shoulder.

Her thin fingers, moving
In the thin, tall strings,
Were weav-weav-weaving
Wonderful things.

Many bright threads,
From where I couldn’t see,
Were running through the harp-strings

And gold threads whistling
Through my mother’s hand.
I saw the web grow,
And the pattern expand.
— from The Ballad of the Harp Weaver by Edna St. Vincent Millay

1920–Edith Wharton– first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, Age of Innocence
1921—Fanny Brice– becomes Broadway star in Ziegfeld Follies
1922—Emily Post– published first edition of etiquette book
1923—Edna St. Vincent Millay– first American woman to win Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, The Ballad of the Harp Weaver
1924—Edna Ferber– wins a Pultizer Prize for So Big
1925—Carole Lombard– has first starring role in a film, Love Before Breakfast
1927—Martha Graham– founds the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York
1927—Dorothy Parker– becomes staffer at New Yorker

source: Herstory by Charlotte S. Waisman and Jill s. Tietjen

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