The Path of Equality: 6 Things Forbidden to Women in the Past

 

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There are still countries in the world where women are forbidden to vote or drive a car. But despite this, over the past century, the fair sex has nevertheless entered the race for equality with men. Some of the things that you will read here will certainly seem bizarre to you, but today there is a certain change for the better. Once upon a time, you would not even be able to put on your favorite jeans, not to mention going out for a walk unaccompanied! Oh my god, this is absolutely unacceptable! Let’s get a little closer to the six familiar things for us today that were forbidden to women 100 years ago.

Suffrage

Until 1920, countries, where women were allowed to vote on equal terms with men, could be counted on one hand. In the United States and Great Britain, ladies gained suffrage due to the active actions of suffragettes. They fought fiercely: staged demonstrations and hunger strikes, confronted the police, and more than once found themselves behind bars. The British suffragettes celebrated their victory on February 6, 1918. On this day, the United Kingdom has signed an act that allowed married women over 30 to vote in local elections. And the United States got women’s suffrage two years later – in 1920.

Divorce right

Previously, if you were a woman living at that time, then you simply could not get a divorce! In the United States, there were different rules for each state where a decision was made individually for each case. So there were even rules about how many times a man can physically abuse his woman before she can legally get a divorce!

Pants and trousers

It is ridiculous, but French women received the official right to wear pants only on February 1, 2013. Prior to this, the 1800 law stated that any lady who wished to dress in men’s fashion should visit the police station for permission. In the European conception, pants have long remained the privilege of men. But in the midst of the First World War, when women had to replace the men gone to the frontline in the shops and enterprises, this item became a necessity for them. Wide skirts at the enterprises were banned, so the ladies gladly changed into pants and overalls. But the real revolution in the 1920s was the trouser by Coco Chanel.

Public smoking

Even now, there are many restrictions on where you can smoke and where not. However, before smoking in general, only one layer of the world’s population could smoke-men. At that time, smoking was a purely male prerogative. A smoking woman is a fallen woman. Immoral. Some states even tried to legally ban female smoking. For example, New York even had an appropriate law. However, it wasn’t really popular. By the 1920s, cigarettes were advertised as torches of freedom and the motive of independence for women.

Go shopping alone

Would you like to be constantly supervised or accompanied? Like an old grandmother or a child who can’t do anything. Earlier it was accepted everywhere! Need to leave home? Sure, you can go, but only accompanied by a man. The changes came in the 1800s when the first department stores appeared. Then these stores were created specifically for unaccompanied women where they could communicate safely, walk, spend time, and, of course, spend money. Later, restaurants and theaters joined the department stores with this idea.

Your own passport when you are married

You could have your passport only if you were single and weren’t married. However, if you got married, you received a joint passport with your husband. It’s not very pleasant, as if you are not a separate person. When women began to become more independent, they also wanted to have the right to their maiden name in addition to a passport. Thus, in 1937, women officially received the right to get a passport issued in a maiden name.

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