I have seen a reference (e..g Eric Foner's textbook, Give me Liberty) to the turn-of-the-20th century (1890-1920) as a time of female activism that "would later be called the 'women's era.'" (see ch. 17). In the accompanying 4 paragraphs, he discusses the activism and groups of white women and black women. He does describe the racism of white-dominated groups, although most of his discussion of black women's club work falls earlier in the chapter in a section called, "The Segregated South.'
I have a number of questions
Did white women, at the time, refer to the period as "the women's era"? I don't mean did they use the consruct-but did they use the phrase?
And: is/was that an effort to take over the construct of "The Woman's Era" which was a national newspaper by and for black women founded in the 1890s by Josephine St, Pierre Ruffin, a member of the Woman's Era Club?
What historians (and when) called this period the "women's era" -- referrring either to both races or primarily white women?
I feel like I have seen the phrase the "women's era" used by historians. It's a little search for (in America: History & Life or J-Stor) because a lot of the hits are for the ERA (i.e. Equal Rights Amendment). Feel free to point me to an embarassingly obvious reference.
I have also posted this query on H-women.
Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis