Challenging Race and Gender Roles, One Photo at a Time

Written by on July 2, 2022

In the 1920 US census, 101 Black women listed photographer as their occupation. This is a small number, sure, but that number represents 101 women who were going against the conventions of their time. As historian Kenya Davis-Hayes writes, Black women professionals were “in an age where both blackness and femininity easily could impede one’s aspirations.” Those women were stepping beyond prescribed notions of femininity and . . .

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