I've been wondering, while searching, why I haven't been getting as much variety as I'd hoped. Using the search engine, I've used the keywords "women" "woman" "female" and "fashion" or "style" or "models" or "actresses." And last night, it FINALLY occurred to me to try "girls." And of course, all these pictures of women came up. Surfer girls, chorus girls, girls in mini skirts. That's how they were captioned back then. It never dawned on me that I was being too modern about it. So. If you want to see "girls" of the 1930s, "girls" of the 1940s, "girls" of the 1950s or "girls" of the 1960s, I encourage you to poke around, and supplement my galleries of women in these decades.
And now: the 1970s.
The dog and the chick are living the dream.
Former gymnasts and ballet dancers: Can you recall that thick itchy texture of the aptly named, unflattering thing known as the leotard?
Wow. Just wow. There's a whole series of shots on the "Aspen girl" lifestyle, which seems to involve skiing, swimming and booze.
Only one young lady doesn't mind waiting to see the Pope. The others are all, "Come on, your holiness. It's freakin' raining."
Don't you love when the years change and the headlines stay the same?
Enthusiastic and resolute women in large parade down Fifth Avenue on the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted the women the right to vote, as they march for further women's rights. New York, September, 1970.
As the kids say: Awesomesauce.
Amazing! So cool how some of them have glasses and all of them have the same wide mouth.
That is unite, not "untie."
Do the American uniforms look like Garanimals?
You don't even have to check Ms. Lowry's IMDb page to know that she is your new favorite person.
The word champagne and that hat and that dress = not politics as usual.
Note to self: Don't work here.
Those fools! Have you ever heard of such an idiotic thing?
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke was the first African-American woman to represent the West Coast in Congress. She was a member of the California State Assembly from 1967–1973; was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives initially representing portions of Los Angeles from 1973–1979; represented the 4th district of L.A. from 1979–1980, and retired from the Los Angeles County board of supervisors on December 1 of 2008.
This is an amazing photograph and proof that hem length is news-worthy!
I had a dress like that. Smocking was big.
Sorry, but sex in that car cannot be comfortable.
El oh el at her eyebrows and watch!
"Deep throat is people!"
This one seems like a good Hanukkah gift, no? Don't forget that any of these can be purchased framed!
Yes, but: Why?
That kid definitely knows his mom is cooler than all of the other moms.
That front row is all disapproving malcontents. Love them.
Each of these dresses is wonderfully ridiculous in its own special way, and Rock Hudson knows it.
This dress also came in blue, and hopefully with instructions. It was called the "Instant Dress" but appeared to be a nylon sarong.
I want to go to there.
This woman should always be surrounded by pastel rainbows.
Jane Fonda, doing what she does best — bucking the system.
That camera on the tripod just left there all alone is Creepcity, USA.
Really? Really, America?
Sending out a big kiss to one of the best shows ever!
Again: Don't you love when the years change and the headlines stay the same?
Loving those glasses on the far right.
Headband? Check. Glasses? Check. Braces? Check. Short-shorts? Check. Floral notebook? Check. Graphic jumpsuit? Check. Awesome sneakers? Check. Too cool for school? CHECK!
Life Magazine Photo Archive [Google]
Earlier: The Way We Were: Life Magazine Photos Of Women In The 1960s
The Way We Were: Life Magazine Photos Of Women In The 1950s
The Way We Were: Life Magazine Photos Of Women In The 1940s
The Way We Were: Life Magazine Photos Of Women In The 1930s