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Suffragettes in Corselettes

Suffragettes in Corselettes: The Evolution of Underwear and our 19th amendment

January 7 @ 12:15 pm1:00 pm
| Cost: $4 | Cost for Members: $2

Presentations will take place via the video conferencing app ZOOM. Please register in advance in order to access the program.

A Centennial Tribute to the Suffragettes. For centuries, women have allowed themselves to be squeezed, twisted, and squished to conform to desired shapes. The history of underwear reveals a lot about women’s changing roles in society – how we perceive ourselves, and how we’re viewed by others. The 1910s saw an end to the hourglass figure with a tiny waist – women were finally able to breathe and move more freely. Did the demise of tightlacing help women gain the right to vote in 1920? Underwear matters.

This presentation is hands-on and participatory. Tight corseting exerted 22 pounds of pressure on internal organs – find out what that actually feels like! Experience the difficulty of completing everyday tasks while wearing a corset. Have you ever relay-raced in a hobble skirt?!

Presented by Velya Jancz-Urban, author and teacher, and Ehris Urban, herbalist, The Grounded Goodwife


January 7
12:15 pm–1:00 pm


Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103 United States


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