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  The Tale of Amelia Bloomer (Doll Article)

(June 05, 2009 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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The power of the typical woman is amazing. Amelia Bloomer was one of the lesser known characters in the women’s suffrage movement, yet her contributions are still very much with us today.

The Lily

Despite having only a few years of formal education, Amelia began her own biweekly publication. The paper was designed for women and called The Lily. At its peak, the paper reached 4,000 readers. This seems hardly significant to us today, but what made Ms. Bloomer’s paper so meaningful was that is was started in 1849, and was the first periodical ever started specifically for women. In fact, it is considered the model many papers and magazines we read today.

The Lily was a platform for Amelia’s views and those of her friend, Elizabeth Cody Stanton. Stanton is well known for her role in promoting the rights of women in the United States and was one of the organizers for the first national convention on women’s rights. These views and updates on women’s right to vote and own their own property were found in The Lily as well recipes, home items and articles on women being allowed to have higher education.

Bloomers

While these are very noble causes, it is the small things in life that makes the most difference. Amelia Bloomer was shown a new style of dress by her friend Ms. Stanton and loved it. In fact, she took to wearing the new clothing every day despite being ridiculed and mocked on the street. What was this crazy attire?

It was pants.

Of course, women wearing pants in the 1850s was completely unheard of, and Amelia’s version of pants was nothing like what we wear today. Her “bloomers” were large poufs of material gathered around the ankle – almost like the large skirts women of the age wore, cut in two. The large, poufy pants were worn under a short dress that came to the knees. To us, the look is certainly different, but 150 years ago, it was a huge advancement in comfortable clothing for women.

The Confines of a Skirt

Before bloomers were made popular through The Lily, the only option women had for their clothing were long heavy dresses and skirts. The skirts had multiple layers of petticoats underneath that made them hot and very confining. It was hard to do much of anything quickly while wearing such heavy skirts, and when the heavy skirt was replaced by lightweight pants-style bloomers, suddenly women could move more easily and were free to do much more.

Changing the World One Skirt at a Time

Greatly impressed by the split skirt, Amelia began wearing the style and talked about it a great deal in her paper. As with anything new and controversial, she faced many people who openly mocked her ideas, and she was told often that women don’t belong in pants. However, in her classy way, Amelia responded through The Lily:

“The costume of women should be suited to her wants and necessities. It should conduce at once to her health, comfort, and usefulness; and, while it should not fail also to conduce to her personal adornment, it should make that end of secondary importance.”

Amelia Bloomer didn’t know it at the time, but her bloomers (now a slang term for underpants) were just the beginning of a true fashion revolution.


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LancasterPrinc

25/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: November 20, 2009
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ccar

34/Male
Saint Charles, MO
Posted On: August 6, 2009
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never_more

21/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: June 25, 2009
Women like those are my heroes. Without them, it wouldn't be possible for me to wear jeans, let alone become an optometrist or Egyptologist like I want to.
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Original_scree

22/Female
Zionsville, IN
Posted On: June 25, 2009
Hah. We learned abut Ms. Bloomer in my AP History class last year. We had a tea party, in fact, where we had to dress up like historical figures.

And the reason I will never forget Amelia Bloomer is because the person who dressed up as her was a boy. 0__o. It was a scarring experience, but I'm pretty sure everyone remembered who she was on the AP test at the end of the year.

--0Rii
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LancasterPrinc

25/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: June 25, 2009
Dresses get boring?! There's tons of things that could be done with dresses...more so than pants!

I like jeans just fine, but I only appreciate them for their durability. Otherwise we couldn't do some things...wait yes we could, and I mean other than like rock climbing of course!

I like the options, but I think it has limited us. I can't just dress pretty because I want to feel pretty because someone is sure to ask "what's the occassion" or "what are you all dressed up for", then when you say "no reason" they give you that look.

Same goes for hats, I'd like to wear more hats, but then you'd get those comments like "get a bad hair cut?" (and I mean other than ball caps)
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Emo_For_Life1

21/Female
Dublin, TX
Posted On: June 24, 2009
:ico n612:
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Emo_For_Life1

21/Female
Dublin, TX
Posted On: June 24, 2009
i liked it so much i would ya
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Catlover642

23/Female
Itasca, TX
Posted On: June 24, 2009
Shows how clever women can be.

I would get sick of wearing dresses all the time. o.O I mean, wouldn't that get a little boring? I'm glad she chose to wear pants, if it weren't for her we might of not been able to dress in pants or in any style we wish.
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DarkNet

20/Female
Australia
Posted On: June 24, 2009
Thank you Amelia.
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LancasterPrinc

25/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: June 23, 2009
Hm, I did not know that.

But I must say I sort of don't like her a teeny bit, lol. Not her, herself, but the bloomers were the beginning of the dress downfall. Now dresses are mostly just for occasions. I would have loved being able to dress up everyday and not get teased about it.

Cute Article!
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