Hawes, Elizabeth, 1903-1971


Elizabeth Hawes was an American fashion designer, stylist and journalist, as well as, a civil rights and political activist. Born on December 16, 1903 in Ridgewood, New Jersey, Hawes attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Following her graduation in 1925, Hawes lived in Paris and worked as a fashion copyist. In 1928, Hawes returned to the United States to work as a fashion designer and became involved in both the civil rights movement and the organization of labor unions. In 1934, Hawes was listed on the Charter of Incorporation for Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee. She died on September 6, 1971.

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