Here’s to the 1940’s and the amazing generation of women who inspired the Maggie Sullivan mystery series. They were first-wave career women brimming with brains and spunk. Daring to step outside traditional roles assigned to them, they left farms and small towns to live on their own and pursue education. And when World War II hit, they stepped up — not only in Rosie the Riveter factory jobs, but as newspaper editors, baggage handlers, bus drivers.
No wonder black and white movies from the 1940s continue to attract new fans! They have witty dialog instead of laugh tracks and a tantalizing war between the sexes. The cars are almost as great as the clothes. And the women? Something in them speaks to women today… and to more than a few men.
To me, many traits of those 1940s women are found in the best of the women detectives, past and present. Since I’ve spent my entire life as a writer (signing my first contract before I entered college) and have taught numerous week-long and weekend courses on the subject, I also love to talk about writing. So there you have the three legs of this blog.
Thanks for visiting.
(M. Ruth Myers is the author of the Maggie Sullivan series, which features a woman private eye in Dayton, Ohio, from the end of the Great Depression to the end of World War II. She has written more than a dozen novels in several genres and been a popular instructor at writers conferences including the Antioch Writers Workshop, the Cape Cod Writers Workshop and the Mark Twain Writers Conference.)
Homepage photo credits: Bus driver (L) flickr.com Wystan; teachers (M) the author; railroad “wiper” (R) Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division