“The Kharkiv Times” editorial staff congratulates you with the International Women’s Day!
Our dear women! Let sincere words be addressed to you on a daily basis, not only on March 8. May all your dreams come true.
Dear men, this is a big Day to you as well. Please always stay strong, so we can afford ourselves being weak (at least sometimes)! TKT wishes all happy holidays!
For more than a century this day symbolizes the struggle of women for equal rights with men.
A bit of history
March 8, 1908 at the call of the New York Social Democratic women’s organization held a rally with slogans about equality of women. On this day, thousands of women marched through the city demanding the reduction of the working day and equal c male wage conditions, women’s suffrage.
Brigitte Bardot in the early ’60s provoked a scandal for the first time wearing a mini-skirt. She said: “The shorter is the skirt, the longer are the legs.” Well, it’s hard to argue. After Bardot this clothes became wildly popular. It is difficult to believe, but women for very long fought not only for the right to wear pants, but also to get an education, and have the right to vote.
Women and trousers
In 1919, Luisa Capetillo challenged the mainstream society by becoming the first woman in Puerto Rico to wear trousers in public. Capetillo was sent to jail for what was then considered to be a “crime”, but the judge later dropped the charges against her.
Women increasingly wore trousers as leisurewear in the 1920s and 30s. In the early 20th century female pilots and other working women often wore trousers. Actresses Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn were often photographed in trousers from the 1930s. During World War II, women working in industrial work in war service wore their husbands’ (suitably altered) trousers, and in the post-war era trousers were still common casual wear for gardening, socialising, and other leisure pursuits.
Women who changed history
Below you may find the amazing historical photos of women, who were brave enough to carry the burden of all men’s work during wars and those who by their small steps changed history greatly.
- Katherine Switzer was the first woman who has run the Boston Marathon, despite attempts by the organizer to stop her. 1967.
- Female Samurai. The end of the 1800s.
- Maud Wagner – the first well-known female tattoo artist in the United States. 1907.
- Valentina Tereshkova – the first woman in space.
- Hedy Lamarr – the public knows Hedy Lamarr as the first woman who in 1933 appeared on television naked. Only some people know that an Austrian–American actress was also an inventor, whose works became the basis of modern wireless technologies such as Bluetooth and WiFi. Hedy Lamarr’s 101st Birthday Google Doodle.
- Sabiha Gokcen in Turkey on his plane in 1937. She became the first woman fighter pilot.
- The woman is drinking tea on the ruins of her house after the bombing of London. 1940. Such brave British women realized the legendary World War II slogan “Keep calm and carry on”. Perhaps is now very actual again for ATO regions of Ukraine.
- Two girls for the first time appeared in public with naked legs. Toronto. 1937.
- Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel. 1926.
- Suffragette protests after the “Night of Terror”. 1917. 33 suffragists were arrested for “blocking of roads”, after which they were severely beaten by prison guards.
- Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to be a melted by plane across the Atlantic Ocean. 1928.
- Annette Kellerman posing in a swimsuit, for which she was arrested on charges of obscenity. 1907.
- Red Cross nurse records the last words of a British soldier. 1917.
You may find more of the interesting facts about the most powerful women in history here.
The recent list of the most powerful women by Forbes.