Off With The Corsets: A Brief History of Dress Reform in the Nineteenth-Century United States
Beginning around the mid-nineteenth century, many women across the United States did away with the tight corsets and layers of petticoats associated with femininity and embraced alternatives, including bloomers, for relief. However, dress reform meant different things to various groups of people. This discussion will explore the aims and desires of a range of dress reformers–from everyday women who worked on farms, to famous women’s rights activists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Our Guest of Honor: Amy O’Hearn, a historian of the long-nineteenth century, moved from Chicago to the Bay Area in 2001 and began the PhD program in UC Berkeley’s History Department in 2015. She has an interest in urban built environments, and is writing a dissertation on drugstores that pays particular attention to how they functioned as social spaces.
Our Virtual History Happy Hour series aims to bring a little bit of history home to you. Our guest speakers will preset a brief presentation, followed by an informal Q and A chat. Bring your own drink! Whether a glass of wine or a cup of tea, we look forward to (virtually) gathering with you and raising our glasses to history!
There is no charge for the event but you must register in advance. After registering you will receive an email with instructions for accessing the webinar.