A (Feminist) Page Out of Time

Remember the women’s page in your hometown paper, with recipes, clothing advice, and other tips to make a home nice? For years, the only way women could work in the newspaper industry was to write about fashion and food. In the 1960s, Florida had the leading women’s pages in the country. These forward-thinking editors blended the traditional fashion and food with the progressive debates of race and gender of the time. They also promoted the women’s clubs that often created the foundations of their communities. The women’s page editors created a community of their own and supported each other.

Join Kim Voss next Friday, April 18th, night as she speaks about South Florida’s women’s page editors, including several food editors included in her book, “The Food Section: Newspaper Women and the Culinary Community.” She will speak at the Gulfport Historical Society at 5301 28th Ave. S. Her talk costs nothing, and you may bring a dish to share if you wish, although that’s never necessary to enjoy the talk.

The Gulfport Historical Society will open the city museum doors at 6:30 p.m.; at 7 p.m., the talk begins. As always, admission to the museum costs nothing, although the Society accepts donations. For more information contact Miki Vaughan at 727-321-5705 or e-mail dreamsfloat@me.com.

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