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The battle over pants for women had been going on long before this article came to press. Keeping in mind that women had been wearing pants throughout all of Asia and the Middle East, and just twenty years earlier women of the West found that pants proved quite useful for factory work during the First World War. Film actresses Marlene Dietrich and Kate Hepburn made them quite popular throughout the Thirties. By 1942 pants for women became a real no-brainer and those who fought them (and there were many) were seen as eccentric. They were once again needed for feminine factory drones and the U.S. military didn't think twice about issuing them to the WAACs, WAVES and WASPs. This article tells of a New Jersey high school that resisted the popular fashion all the way to the very top of the hierarchy, where it was finally declared by the school board president that "Slacks during wartime are sensible."

Click here to read an editorial against pants on women...

Click here to read about the girls who were suspended from Lincoln High (Brooklyn, NY) for wearing trousers to class.

Click here to read about the guy who designed the uniforms for the women in the U.S. Army...

     


Pants for Women Become a Thing (Spot Magazine, 1942)

Pants for Women Become a Thing (Spot Magazine, 1942)

Pants for Women Become a Thing (Spot Magazine, 1942)

Pants for Women Become a Thing (Spot Magazine, 1942)

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