Women and Hunting Licenses a Hundred Years Ago

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Sunday, October 4, 1914: <<no entry>>

Source: Milton Evening Standard (October 1, 1914)
Source: Milton Evening Standard (October 1, 1914)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Yesterday, I wrote about the suffragettes’ booth at the Milton Fair. Since Grandma again didn’t write anything a hundred years ago today, I’m still thinking about gender issues. Sometimes I’m amazed by the things that women could and couldn’t do a hundred years ago. Women couldn’t vote, but they could hunt—go figure.

21 thoughts on “Women and Hunting Licenses a Hundred Years Ago

  1. I remember many things girls could not do even in the sixties during my time in elementary and middle school. Where I grew up in central PA, there were no sport teams for girls (Title Nine hadn’t happened yet) and only boys were able to be acolytes in church.( A few of the issues that bothered me.) Women’s lib were bringing many issues up during that time too.

    1. Your memories of growing up in central Pennsylvania are very similar to mine. I think that Title Nine was passed when I was a sophomore or junior–and my high school tried to get a girl’s basketball team going my senior year. And, I also really wanted to be an acolyte at church. I was the only girl my age at my church, but there were 5 or 6 boys. They could all be acolytes, but I couldn’t.

      1. Yes, it sounds like we are about the same age. My high school had a girls’ team, but it was really late to start a sport at that age. There were also no league teams outside of school for girls either. I made my daughters play a sport and acolyte. They had trouble understanding why it was so important to me as it was not big deal to them. Time rolls on and life evolves.

  2. I was surprised that women could get licenses. I love to hunt so it is nice to see that other women enjoyed the sport as much as I do. Plus the meat is wonderful.

  3. Back in the day, hunting more commonly put meat on the table than it does today. When my dad hunted squirrel or pheasant, that’s what we had for dinner. It may be that some women applied for licenses in the absence of men, in order to stock the larder. It would be interesting to know.

    1. Yes, I think they probably hunted to get the meat–thought it seems like there may have been a state-regulated hunting season by that time.

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