Amelia Bloomer and Elizabeth Smith Miller: Seeking (Re)dress


Elizabeth Smith Miller and Amelia Bloomer public domain

Victorian social mores may have taken the idea that women should be seen and not heard a little far, if you consider how ostentatious the garb of mid-18th century middle-class women was. Petticoats could be cumbersome, and corsets could cause a wearer physical harm. But fashion is worth it, right? Nay, some women said. Amelia Bloomer and Elizabeth Smith Miller advocated for more "rational dress" and -- gasp! -- wore pants. Today on the show, we ask: What's the value in pushing back against norms of dress?

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