Women’s Page

How would you like dressing in one color to save money? That’s what The Hawaiian Star suggested in its women’s section as seen on the left image.

Before the late 1960s and the second part of the women’s movement, women mostly performed in their traditional roles. The newspaper’s women’s section was the only place specifically for women and where female journalists could work. From 1969, the women’s section turned into the more gender-neutral “style” or “lifestyle” section.

In the early 1900s, The Hawaiian Star and the Evening Bulletin, later combined as the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, ran their women’s sections on Saturdays; The Pacific Commercial Advertiser on Sundays. They contain recipes, fashion, home economic tips, exercises, and news about women in the community. Some of them can be seen below.

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Browse the Saturday editions of Evening Bulletin, The Hawaiian Star, and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Sunday Editions of The Pacific Commercial Advertiser.

Evening Bulletin – “A Page for Women and Their Interests,”

Evening bulletin., November 11, 1911, 3:30 EDITION, Page 18, Image 18

Evening bulletin., December 23, 1911, 3:30 EDITION, Page 15, Image 15

Evening bulletin., January 06, 1912, 3:30 EDITION, Page 15, Image 15

Evening bulletin., February 24, 1912, 3:30 EDITION, Page 15, Image 15

The Hawaiian Star – “Things to Interest Our Woman Readers,” “Woman’s World”

Keywords: interest our woman readers, woman’s world

The Hawaiian star., January 07, 1911, SECOND EDITION, 2nd Section, Page SIXTEEN, Image 16

The Hawaiian star., April 01, 1911, SECOND EDITION, THIRD SECTION, Page EIGHTEEN, Image 18

The Hawaiian star., April 08, 1911, SECOND EDITION, THIRD SECTION, Page EIGHTEEN, Image 18

The Hawaiian star., September 30, 1911, SECOND EDITION, THIRD SECTION, Page TWENTY, Image 20

Honolulu Star-Bulletin – “Beauty Chats,” “In the Realm of the Feminine,” “In the Woman’s World”

Honolulu star-bulletin., September 26, 1912, 2:30 Edition, Page 5, Image 5

Honolulu star-bulletin., May 22, 1916, 3:30 Edition, SPORTS CLASSIFIED AND SHIPPING SECTION, Page THIRTEEN, Image 13

Honolulu star-bulletin., July 18, 1916, 3:30 Edition, Page FOURTEEN, Image 14

Honolulu star-bulletin., March 01, 1917, 3:30 Edition, Page SEVEN, Image 7

Pacific Commercial Advertiser – “Of Interest to Housekeepers,” “The Practical Housekeeper’s Own Page,” “Woman’s Page”
Keywords: recipes

The Pacific commercial advertiser., April 29, 1906, Sunday Advertiser, Page 3, Image 3

The Pacific commercial advertiser., August 19, 1906, Sunday Advertiser, Page 7, Image 7

The Pacific commercial advertiser., January 20, 1907, Page 9, Image 9

The Pacific commercial advertiser., March 15, 1908, SECOND SECTION, Page 13, Image 13

The Pacific commercial advertiser., June 20, 1909, Sunday Edition, SECOND SECTION, Page 13, Image 13

The Pacific commercial advertiser., February 06, 1910, Feature Section, Page 2, Image 14


Looking for recipes? The women’s section is filled with American recipes, such as casseroles, cakes, and croquettes.

The Hawaiian Star has a whole list of recipes for casseroles including steak pie on casserole, pears on casserole, oysters en marmite, and hot pot:

Oysters en Marmite
Two dozen oysters, one tablespoonful of butter, one tablespoonful of flour, yolk of one egg, one gill of cream, one gill of milk, a blade of mace, and half a lemon.

Have ready eight to ten small marmites. Melt the butter in a saucepan, stir in the flour, then add the oyster liquor, the milk, a little salt…
The Hawaiian star., November 05, 1910, SECOND EDITION, 2nd Section, Page THIRTEEN, Image 13

The Hawaiian Star also lists economical egg dishes:

Eggs Baked in Gravy
Cut rounds of toast to fit the bottoms of your napples or place a layer of toast in the bottom of a pie plate or shallow baking dish. Pour over the toast gravy enough to soften it, lay an egg on each round, fill up the dish with sufficient well seasoned gravy to cover the eggs and set in the oven until the eggs are baked and firm.

You can also get recipes for a variety of cake fillings:

Cocoanut Filling–One and a half cups granulated sugar, two-thirds cup water, beat the white of one egg to a stiff froth; boil sugar until it just begins to thread, stir it into the beaten froth and add a rounded cup of shredded cocoanut; add a tiny pinch of salt and a few drops of lemon or orange extract.
The Hawaiian star., November 11, 1911, SECOND EDITION, THIRD SECTION, Page EIGHTEEN, Image 18

Not sure what to cook for your family? Harper’s Bazar suggested menus for daily meals, such as the following Sunday Meals:

Baked apples; creamed eggs; corn bread; coffee.
Dinner. Cream of corn soup; roast beef; potatoes au gratin; Lima beans, Cocoanut imables.
Supper. Grilled sardines; cauliflower salad; bananas with pecan sauce; sponge-cake; cocoa.

The Hawaiian star., March 16, 1912, SECOND EDITION, THIRD SECTION, Page EIGHTEEN, Image 18

Home Economic Tips

Household tips, many of them from Harper’s Bazar (today it’s Harper’s Bazaar), provided remedies and fixes, such as the following:

In cleaning wall paper with bread crumbs, use two days old bread, in small pieces.
To clean tight kid gloves, slightly dampen a soft cloth with milk and gently rub the soiled parts and afterward dry with a cloth.
Orange peel burnt in a room will destroy a close foul smell.

The Hawaiian star., November 05, 1910, SECOND EDITION, 2nd Section, Page THIRTEEN, Image 13

This article suggests ending’s a child’s cold with syrup of figs:

“Break a Child’s Cold by Giving Syrup of Figs: Cleanses the Little Liver and Bowels and They Get Well Quick”
Honolulu star-bulletin. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii) 1912-current, March 29, 1916, 3:30 Edition, SPORTS, CLASSIFIED AND SHIPPING SECTION, Page FOURTEEN, Image 14


The women’s page reported on the latest fashion trends in columns, such as this “Fashions and Fads” column on November 11, 1911:

We see fringes on skirts, tunics, sashes, collars, cuffs, and hats.
Many jackets of serge, cheviot and corduroy show the belted effect.

The Hawaiian star., November 11, 1911, SECOND EDITION, THIRD SECTION, Page EIGHTEEN, Image 18

The women’s page often featured photos of what was in style, such as the following:

Left image: Wearing draperies and square trains now.

Right image: Square eyelets are now the aristocratic sort.The Hawaiian star. (Honolulu [Oahu]) 1893-1912, June 15, 1912, SECOND EDITION, THIRD SECTION, Page EIGHTEEN, Image 18


In “Heart and Home Talks,” a nationally syndicated personal advice column, columnist Barbara Boyd advised on home economics and relationships. In “One Girl’s Way of Managing a Lover,” Boyd says women should not act so selfishly in their relationships. She describes the woman who jumped into the river to have her fiance save her and to get what she wants: “A marriage under such conditions would be no true marriage; for love, pure, deep, disinterested love, all of which and more love is, is the only reason for marriage.”

Barbara also gave advice on home economics, such as what to serve for refreshments:

Dainty Refreshments for Evening Affairs
What to serve for refreshments sometimes bothers a hostess. Novelty of course is desirable, but the substantial should not be sacrificed for the novel. For, as a rule, when the time comes for refreshments, guests, especially if they have been dancing, are hungry.

Sandwiches, fried oysters, salads, cakes and ices are always stand-byes, with chocolate, coffee, grape-juice lemonade, and fruit punch for drinks. On this foundation, one can ring as much variety as is desired, and serve these things in as dainty a fashion as possible. The question of cost largely controls this.
The Hawaiian star., March 16, 1912, SECOND EDITION, THIRD SECTION, Page EIGHTEEN, Image 18

Women News

The women’s section also reported the women in the community. The article below reported Sister Adelaida’s homecoming to Honolulu after serving as a nun in New York:

The novelty of the idea of a Chinese nun caused the New Yorkers to gasp with astonishment and everywhere Sister Adeliada went she was greeted by a curious throng. One newspaper … proclaimed her ‘a real princess of royal blood,’ substantiating their assertion by the declaration that her mother, a princess only two steps removed from the Hawaiian throne, married Wong Leong, a wealthy Chinese.
“Honolulu Girl, Nun, Is Back to Labor for Good”
Evening bulletin., September 16, 1911, 3:30 EDITION, Page 11, Image 11

Stories of the advancement of women’s rights also appeared in the women’s page, such as the following article:

Twenty or twenty-five years ago women in China were bought and sold like the negro of our Southern States. They were not allowed to go out in the street or to be in the presence of men except in that of their own husbands.
“Advancement of Women in China”
Evening bulletin., June 22, 1912, 3:30 EDITION, Page 17, Image 17


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