the third wave of feminism salutes the first and second waves
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Bloomers (trousers for women) were invented by Elizabeth Smith Miller and pioneered by early feminists and advocates of rational dress. Amelia Jenks Bloomer (May 27, 1818 – December 30, 1894) was an Americanwomen's rights and temperance advocate. Even though she did not create the women's clothing reform style known as bloomers, her name became associated with it because of her early and strong advocacy. She was the the first woman to own, operate and edit a newspaper for women, The Lily, which was a voice for many women reformers such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. It spoke on many issues such as dress reform and the need for enfranchisement for women.
The first woman to wear trousers (circa 1820) in America was arrested for indecency.
I very rarely wear a skirt and feel deeply uncomfortable in one, so I salute these pioneers of trouser-wearing.