Jeans. Jeggings. Yoga pants. That one pair of parachute pants I owned in 3rd grade and still secretly pine for. I have a lot of pants. And I wear them without a second thought. And today I found out we have a lady to thank for that, and her name is Amelia Bloomer.
Before this breath of appropriately clothed air came around, women had to make due in clothing that wouldn’t let them breath well at all. Corsets restricted movement, and put a damper on how much a girl could eat, which may have been their worst crime of all. Take away my breath, but not my mozzarella sticks.
Amelia wouldn’t stand for that. Born in New York in 1818, she went on to marry Dexter Bloomer and move to his neck of the woods, Seneca Falls, where he was an editor of the local paper. He even helped her to write and publish articles for women's issues because even back then dude knew what was up. Know what was/is still up? Feminism, that’s what.
A while later she even started her own paper, The Lily. At first she just wrote pieces in support of the temperance movement, which was all about living life without alcohol. She branched out however, thanks to help from her friend and famed suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton (#squadgoals) who encouraged her to tackle women’s rights pieces as well.
One of these rights, was the right to clothing that a girl could actually move comfortably in. She advocated for loose fitting tops, shorter skirts that ended at the knee, with capris or “bloomers” underneath. Now that may not sound like the most fashion forward outfit, but girlfriend was more preoccupied with proper breathing. Baby steps.
Lastly, a shout out to my Ohio peeps, because not only did this woman trailblaze a fashion revolution, she was a major part of Ohio giving the vote to women in the year 1873. The first thing I want to do when I move out of state is start gardening. This fierce chick got women the right to vote. Tomatoes< suffrage.
So as you sit there, perhaps in some comfy sweats, or perhaps not, maybe give a moment to appreciate the woman who helped make it possible for you to have a choice at all. And maybe go eat some ice cream. Ice cream tastes better whilst wearing sweats.