5 facts about Betsy Ross and the origins of the American flag

By | June 30th, 2020|Categories: 4th of July, Revolutionary War era, Women's History|Tags: , , |

I remember pictures of Betsy Ross in my American history textbooks in elementary school and 184 years after her death many still know her as the seamstress who created the first-ever American flag. While I am glad that she is remembered, the image that many have of Betsy Ross undermines her real accomplishments as a [...]

Femininity in Question: Edwardian Depictions of the New Woman

By | June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Edwardian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

By the end of the Victorian Era, society was changing so fast that some people had a hard time keeping up, much less accepting it. From a cultural standpoint, the first two decades saw advances for women that were more rapid than the Western world had ever before seen. The status quo held on tight [...]

Hattie McDaniel's Continued Legacy

By | June 15th, 2020|Categories: Entertainment, Women's History|Tags: , , |

Queen Latifa as Hattie McDaniel in Hollywood If you haven’t already seen the Netflix miniseries Hollywood, I strongly recommend binging it this weekend. It is a retelling of the “golden age” of Hollywood that seeks to imagine how things could have been different if it had started off on the right foot in regards to [...]

Swimsuit Police to the Rescue!

By | June 14th, 2020|Categories: 1920s fashion, Roaring 20s, Women's History|Tags: , , |

Last week we took a look at three modern mermaids and their audacity that helped pave the way for us to frolic on the beach today. One of these women was Annette Kellerman, the famous water ballerina. Another was Esther Williams, who would play Kellerman in the biopic about her life. Million Dollar Mermaid covers [...]

Modern Mermaids: Annette Kellerman, Katherine Curtis, and Esther Williams

By | June 7th, 2020|Categories: Women's History|Tags: , , , , , |

Last week we covered the bathing machine and how women in prim and proper Victorian Europe and America enjoyed a day at the beach. The demise of the bathing machine led to the quick transition to co-ed sunbathing as more women demanded more public space. Opening up the shores to women was followed by more [...]

Three pioneering women’s outdoor clubs that broke all the rules

By | May 23rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , |

Spring is here and summer is fast approaching. While 2020 might not include family reunions, street festivals, and out of state vacations, there is still the opportunity to get out safely and enjoy nature. My own COVID-19 schedule includes daily walks in my Denver neighborhood with various exercise routines at a local park. As I [...]

Crimes of Fashion: The Civil War Hoop Skirt Smugglers

By | May 9th, 2020|Categories: Civil War, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

In my last blog post, I explored the light side of smuggling in the Victorian Era and the innovative ways that female entrepreneurs took full advantage of their women’s-only clothing to advance their position in the marketplace. During my research, I encountered many stories of Victorian women using their skirts for a different purpose: Civil [...]

Crimes of Fashion

By | April 4th, 2020|Categories: Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , |

How Women Used Their Skirts to Smuggle Goods in the Victorian Era When I covered the rise and fall of the bustle in a post late last year, one of our readers brought up a good point. The extra space under the skirts of the popular dress styles of the mid to late 1800s would [...]

The Many Adaptations of Jane Austen's Emma

By | March 13th, 2020|Categories: 19th Century Literature, Regency Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , |

We’re always ecstatic when one of our favorite authors is brought to the big screen! We celebrated Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women at Christmas and now it’s time for Jane Austen’s Emma. Jane Austen wrote stories and poems to amuse herself and her family from a young age and eventually compiled 29 of them into [...]