In 1901 and 1902, Frances Benjamin Johnston authored a “series of picture-pages showing what American women have done with the camera” in seven articles for The Ladies’ Home Journal titled “The Foremost Women Photographers in America.” The articles included cameo portraits of the photographers, a brief essay describing their contributions to the field, and four or five reproductions of their work. If the general public was unaware of the remarkable contributions women were making to the field of photography, at least the 800,000 subscribers to The Ladies’ Home Journal were not.

Photographs courtesy of Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield, MA.