It’s amazing how quickly times change, and it’s really easy to forget how much has changed over the last 50 years or so, especially when it comes to women’s issues.
As the saying goes, well-behaved women rarely make history, and looking through the pictures below, it’s hard to argue against that statement.
Take a look back at some of these images of women from yesteryear, who are taking a stand against the system in various different ways. Although they seem commonplace now, a lot of this was considered radical at the time!
1. “Do those legs go all the way up?”
This is a picture of two young women walking down the street in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1965. What’s so remarkable about this image? Well, these two would have been among the first in the city to ever wear miniskirts. Just look at the queue of people at the bus stop gawping at them! You can tell they’d never seen this much leg in public before.
This striking lady is Maud Wagner, who is widely regarded as the first ever female tattooist. This picture was taken in 1907. As you can see, Maud herself was also covered from head to toe in tattoos – this was unheard of at the time, especially for a woman. Go Maud!
3. Run like a girl
As you might be able to tell, this is a photograph taken from the Boston marathon. The contention is that, when this picture was taken in 1967, women were not allowed to run in this race, for whatever reason. Amazingly, it wasn’t until 5 years after this that women were allowed to compete. I guess the boys were scared of the competition!
4. A righteous cause
This one is pretty self-explanatory. The fact that women wanted an equal say in the way that they were governed was seen as a radical position until as recently as the 1960s. This picture was taken in 1906. We’ve come a long way, girls, and we’re still soproud of you.
5. A victim of moral panic
The woman in this picture is Annette Kellerman, a professional swimmer, film actress, and writer, who poses here in a swimsuit.
Amazingly, this photo shoot caused her to be arrested and charged with indecent behaviour in 1907. It’s literally the most modest and conservative swimsuit I can imagine.