Today is International Women’s Day (IWD). This years theme: Equality for Women is Progress for all.
So instead of quietly reflecting on how far women have come, I thought I’d share a few photos I stumbled upon the other day while reading an article called “40 Must-See Photos from the Past.”
Two of the photos in particular struck me, as they illustrate a partial history of women’s swim suit standards. The first is from 1907.
Caption: Annette Kellerman promoted women’s right to wear a fitted one-piece bathing suit in 1907. She was arrested for indecency.
Can you imagine someone getting arrested for that now-a-days? It’s laughable. I mean, there’s even pants under the suit! Here’s another photo from more than a decade later.
Caption: Measuring bathing suits— if they were too short, women would be fined, 1920’s.
So from 1907 to the 1920’s the punishment for a risque bathing suit was downgraded from arrested to fined. A tiny glimpse at cultural progress!
As a lover of all things old, I found this complete list both shocking and fascinating. Check it out for yourself here