American Fashion Influenced By The First Two Waves Of Feminism

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I am researching to what extent was American fashion influenced by the first two waves of feminism. During the first wave of feminism, which took place during the late 19th century and early 20th century, women fought for the right to vote, through protests, and eventually achieved this goal. Fashion was influenced during this time- going from conservative Victorian-style ways of dressing to more free ones. During the second wave of feminism, taking place in between the 1960’s and 1980’s, women fought for social and sexual freedom, through protests as well, and even going to Supreme Court, to lobby laws that encouraged women’s reproductive rights. The emergence of iconic pieces of clothing such as that of the mini-skirt and bikini during the 1900s marked a great step in women’s journey to equal rights. Women being able to dress in more provocative ways demonstrated their newfound freedom and the change, from a purely domestic life to one of more social and equal rights in the workplace. Starting from the first meetings at Seneca Falls in the late 1800s and moving into the Riot Grrrl movement of the 1980’s fashion has drastically changed along with the rights women have won. Feminism and Fashion
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The first two waves of feminism in America led to a significant change in women’s fashion. The first wave of feminism focused on the fight for women’s suffrage, unlike the second, which was more radical and tackled a larger spectrum of social issues such as abortion…

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