Suffragettes in Corselettes

For centuries, women have allowed themselves to be squeezed, twisted, and squished to conform to desired shapes. The history of underwear reveals a lot about women’s changing roles in society – how we perceive ourselves, and how we’re viewed by others. The 1910s saw an end to the hourglass figure with a tiny waist. Women were finally able to breathe and move more freely. Did the demise of tightlacing help women gain the right to vote in 1920? Underwear matters.

 

Victorian corseting exereted 22 pound of pressure on the internal organs!

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Why learn about the women’s suffrage movement?

No matter what one’s political leanings, everyone can learn from the history of the women’s suffrage movement.​ Understand the passion and fury felt by women of the later 19th and early 20th centuries. Unquestionably, many of us involved in women’s history are grateful for the ballots we cast. Most of us have heard about the suffragettes’ hunger strikes. However, did you know that our imprisoned suffragette foremothers were force-fed rectally and vaginally (often with used tubes!) as a means of humiliating and degrading them?

Too many of today’s girls and young women struggle with low self-esteem, body image issues, and the inability to stand up to a boss or a boyfriend – in addition to believing that certain obstacles are insurmountable. Even today, women are taught to put everyone else first. We beat ourselves up when things don’t go well. 

Without a doubt, female role models inspire females to think bigger. When girls and women get a chance to learn about “ordinary” females who did great things that matter, it reminds them that they can also do awesome things!

Much of women’s history focuses only on women’s achievements. Yet, if we ignore the obstacles they faced, how can we understand the past? Learn about the adversity suffragettes overcame and how their accomplishments improved the world. 

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