The ‘New Woman’

Meet the independent women of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Long before the Boris bike (though that should really be the Ken bike) the Rover safety bicycle offered new freedom to women as well as healthy outdoor exercise.

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Fashion adapted to meet these new demands,  introducing simpler more business-like styles.

 In America, Amelia Bloomer gave her name to a particular form of comfortable clothing, while a few years later in the UK, the Rational Dress Society protested  “against the introduction of any fashion in dress that either deforms the figure, impedes the movements of the body, or in any way tends to injure the health. It protests against the wearing of tightly-fitting corsets; of high-heeled shoes; of heavily-weighted skirts, as rendering healthy exercise almost impossible; and of all tie down cloaks or other garments impeding on the movements of the arms” .

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Its members were more likely to advocate Dr Jaeger’s ‘sanitary’ woollen wear.  Just the thing for the the aspiring doctor studying at the London School of Medicine for Women!

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Join my walk on Saturday 16th January  to discover Bloomsbury’s ‘New Women and they legacy they left behind.

Saturday 21st February 1pm. A Nice Day, or a Wild Night Out in the Country.

The Angel is a great place to enjoy shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and much more these days. In fact it was not so different two hundred years ago, although the entertainment could be racier and often involved horses. People came to enjoy the rural setting, the fine views, strolls by the river and the pleasure grounds.

Find out more on our 90 minute Angel walk this Saturday 1pm, Angel tube, £8.

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