Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Additional Suggestions

The following suggestions were submitted on comment cards at the Greater Philadelphia Roundtable session, “Philadelphia-Area Women in the Twentieth Century: What We Know, and What We Need to Know,” at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on April 1, 2010:

  • Aspects of women of color – Black, Asian, Latino, etc.
  • The Global face of Philadelphia & Tri-County areas; language differences.
  • Community-based forums – utilize libraries; churches; resident association; Greeks; Pan-Hellenic Council, Radio stations – WHAT, WDAS, etc., colleges, universities, Women’s Christian Alliance, Urban League, NAACP, hospitals, Women’s League, etc.
  • What are the most important things we have learned from studying the history of women in the 20th century in Phila.?
  • How do archives teach us about improving our lives or the lives of women?
  • Women volunteer associations
  • Suffrage in Philadelphia
  • Adoption
  • Female entrepreneurs
  • Women in horticulture / Women’s Land Army
  • Fellowship Farm
  • Women’s wartime work
  • Quaker women and their influence
  • Girl Scouts
  • The idea of posting profiles – smaller amounts of information – digestible
  • Regionalism – Philadelphia’s relationship to PA, NJ, and DE suburbs
  •  19th / 20th century reform and voluntary associations
  • Public transportation / public services
  • Women and gardens
  • Preservation
  • Education
  • E.R.A.
  • Women’s Trade Union League
  • Women Garment Workers Strike in 1910s
  • Gardens like Morris Arboretum and Bartram’s Garden
  • Philadelphia’s food history, especially iconic foods. My students often want to write about cheesesteaks, and only find commercial web sites. Someone needs to connect cheesesteaks with the 20th-century working-class culture of sandwich shops. Also, what happened to the food traditions of the Germans who settled early Philadelphia? Apart from the Amaish food traditions, German food is relatively scarce.
  • Edna Phillips – harpist, first woman in Philadelphia Orchestra; Elsee Hilger, cellist, Philadelphia Orchestra.
  • Philadelphia Normal School
  •  The idea of embedding women in the story of industry in Philadelphia as workers and initiators, in public policy, in volunteering and spearheading work to enrich others’ lives.
  • Women in religious organizations in Philadelphia who made/make a difference in the lives / educations of others.
  • Local suffrage fight
  • Women in industry – Women in labor movement
  • Sexual politics
  • Women in academia
  • Union League and women’s entry vs. acceptance in that organization
  • Immigration – experience of different ethnic groups
  • Prostitution & economics, social attitudes, etc.
  • Women as leaders and workers in Philadelphia Green and in the Horticultural Society

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