The Supreme Life Insurance Company of America 1965 Calendar Honoring the Negro Women of the Post Civil War Period Who Were Noted for Their Achievement and Charm
Chicago: Supreme Life Insurance Company of America, 1965. 26 x 35.5 cm. pp including wrappers. Pink and white wrappers with small hole for hanging to bottom edge, illustrations. Toning and soiling to wrappers; two small tears to wrappers; occasional minor spotting. Good+.
Civil Rights-era promotional calendar issued by the Supreme Life Insurance Company, the first African American-owned life insurance company in the northern United States. Based in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, the company catered almost exclusively to northern African Americans, and by the mid-1960s was the third largest black-owned company of its kind in the country.
"For a long time we have felt the need for honoring Negro women, whose role in the American scene in general, the Negro family, social and economic life in particular has been a most impressive one.... Among the many nineteenth century women of achievement we chose some who are relatively unknown to the general public. As you no doubt realize, the handicaps these women overcame were tremendous, but these handicaps only serve to show what can be done by our twentieth-century women as they break the shackles of the 'separate but equal' concept.
"Today the Negro woman is better educated, more affluent, generally more sophisticated than her counterpart of past years. Supreme Life women are ample proof of this. Forty-three percent of our hundreds of employees are women. A substantial number of them are college graduates. In our Home Office alone women comprise seventy percent of its personnel."
The calendar features Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, Ida B. Wells, Maria Louise Baldwin, C. A. Johnson, Katie Chapman Davis, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Gertrude J. Washington, Cora L. Burgan, Elizabeth Keckley, W. E. Matthews, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Mary E. P. Mahoney, and, on the last pages, some of the women employees of the company.
Not located in OCLC.