A Woman’s Role in 1913: The Role of Fashion, Marriage, and the Woman’s Suffrage Movement In Demonstrating Female Rights
1st place winner of the Friends of Fondren Library Undergraduate Research Awards, 2014.
Issues of The Atlanta Constitution newspaper in January 1913 made women’s place in society remarkably clear. Ads, articles, and “help wanted” sections all illustrated that women held a less powerful place in society than men. Women’s rights were limited by the roles they were expected to play in society. Society encouraged women to get married, stay in the home, perform the roles of housewife and mother, and organize their lives around men. The overall environment women lived in depicted men in the center and women at the periphery. A plethora of articles taught women the best ways to attract men, encouraged them to value beauty above everything else, and demonstrated that society in 1913 truly was “a man’s world.” Naturally, not all women accepted this, which led to the Women’s Suffrage movement and less recognized forms of resistance. The world of women was changing in 1913 as women pushed back against the confines of their social roles and redefined their place in society. This research paper will analyze issues of The Atlanta Constitution from January 1913 in order to show women’s role in society at the time and how some women worked to redefine it.