The most relevant picture to Sepia Saturday's prompt that I could find in my files was one of my mother and her female high school classmates "holding signs":
|Lennox High School, 1935|
The signs that these girls were holding, however, were not signs for women's voting rights, but were signs to promote the importance of "home economics" for girls. The girls are holding fabric samples, a cake, needlework and have what appears to be cages with live chickens in front of them. My mother is the girl in the plaid shirt and dark skirt holding a small sign just left of center.
Hmm...Home Economics. I had a home economics class while I was in junior high in the 1960s. The girls went to Home Economics while the boys went to Shop class. I don't remember much about the class except that we made brownies and sewed an apron (which I still own). Home Economics was not a subject offered to my daughter at any time during her school years. While I am very happy that she and her generation of girls see the world as having a much wider spectrum of opportunities than perhaps mine or my mother's did, I am also very sorry she was not given more information about how to "run a home." She is away at college now. My husband and I are constantly reminded, and I think it is also becoming clear to her now, that she has almost no clue about how to fix a healthy meal or balance her bank account or replace a lost button on a blouse. I know full well that this knowledge will eventually come to her, but it is really hard for us to wait for it!