This blog takes its name from a passage written by Ida May Park for the 1929 book Careers for Women:
“Wait until the profession has emerged from its embryonic state and a system has been evolved by which the terrific weight of responsibility can be lifted from one pair of shoulders. When that time comes I believe that women will find no finer calling.”
Ida May Park was born in 1880 in Los Angeles, CA. She began her career in her teens working as a stage actress. Ida May Park directed and/or co-directed 14 films and wrote 50 more. Her early directing efforts for the Universal Pictures imprint Bluebird were described in the July 14, 1917 edition of Moving Picture World:
“Her first picture [The Flashlight] was largely acted out-of-doors and Miss Park climbed mountains and waded streams with all the facility and disregard for obstructions that any man might demonstrate. The surging mob scenes in ‘Fires of Rebellion’ were expertly handled and in directing ‘The Rescue’ the woman director fitted to a nicety because the July 23 Bluebird is distinctively a ‘woman’s feature’ with society scenes and fine gowns dominating incidentals to the problem plot. Thus has Miss Park fitted into her niche — made for herself an essential place, equal to that of most men in creating features for a program of the first class.”
Ida May Park’s final work as a filmmaker was as the writer for the 1930 film “Playthings of Hollywood.” She died in 1954.
Learn more about Ida May Park:
Lowe, Denise. “Park, Ida May (1880 Los Angeles, Ca – 1954 Los Angeles, CA).” Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films, 1895-1930. London: 2005.
Park, Ida May. “The Motion Picture Director.” Trans. Array Careers for Women. Cambridge, MA: Riverside press, 1920. 335-37. Print. <
“Ida May Park, Director.” Moving Picture World. 14 Jul 1917: 222. Print. <