There is a significant difference between the world we live in now and the one that existed many decades ago. Several things have evolved and many things have altered through time. Most of us now have the freedom to make any choice we want, to wear whatever outfit we choose, and to do anything we want.

However, the globe was not always thus smooth and pleasant. Wearing a little skirt or a bikini in public was deemed a crime, and individuals were forbidden from doing what they wanted. Going outside of the prescribed order caused havoc, so we thought we’d share some images with you to show you how the world worked back then.

Scroll down to examine these photographs and see how the world worked back then and today. Remember to share your ideas with us as well!

#1. Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1967. It occurred five years before women were permitted to participate. In this image, an organizer is attempting to remove her.

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#2. English supermodel Jean Shrimpton wears a minidress at the Melbourne Cup. In 1965, her dress generated quite a stir among the attendees.

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#3. In 1965, these two girls wore miniskirts in Capetown.

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#4. Maud Wagner, the first known female tattoo artist, tattooed her own body. (1907).

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#5. These schoolgirls are riding home to change their attire since their school has outlawed tight-fitting trousers, plaid pushers, and shorts. 1953, West Berlin

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#6. Members of the British women’s suffrage movement fought for the right of women to vote. (1906, London)

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#7. In 1966, Yves Saint Laurent “gifted” ladies the most masculine clothing, a tuxedo. His renowned models were not permitted to enter restaurants when dressed in pantsuits. Such attire was seen as blatantly provocative.

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#8. Annette Kellermann, a professional swimmer, film actress, and writer, poses in a bikini in #8. In 1907, she was arrested and accused of indecent conduct.

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#9. In the United States, there was a specific league comprised of obsessive morality advocates who campaigned against obscene swimwear. In this photograph, actress Lila Lee is dressed in a vintage bathing costume from the 1920s.

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#10. This lady was jailed for wearing a bikini and exposing her legs. (1922, Chicago)

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#11. Elizabeth Eckford was one of the first African-American students to attend courses. This photograph was taken in 1957, shortly after the United States Supreme Court ruled that segregating children in schools was unlawful.

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#12. Billie Jean King was a professional tennis player, a Wimbledon record holder, and the originator of an equal rights institution for men and women in tennis.

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#13. Maria Teresa de Filippis was a racing driver from Italy. She was the first female Formula One driver.

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#14. Senda Berenson was an American sportswoman who established women’s basketball by modifying the existing men’s basketball regulations, which she devised in 1891.

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#15. Hedy Lamarr was an American film actress and inventor who demolished prejudices about attractive women and science. We now have cellular communication as a result of her idea.

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#16. Protesting longer skirts and padded hips, members of the “Women’s Organization to the War on Styles” picketed a dress store. 1947 (California)

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#17. After her arrest for refusing to sit in the rear of a bus “for white people,” Rosa Parks had her fingerprints taken (Alabama, 1956).

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#18. Mary Quant was a designer who revolutionized women’s fashion by introducing the miniskirt.

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#19. Paul Poiret was a French fashion designer who liberated ladies from corsets.

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Cindy Westcott
Cindy Westcott is originally from Canada and has a degree in hospitality and management. In the years since her graduation, she has continued to grow in her career and also works in the industry of travel and tourism! she also loved the field of event management and continues to fulfill her duties in the trade so far! In her free time, she enjoys experimenting with new recipes, reading, writing, online gaming, and exploring new destinations!

1 COMMENT

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    message home a little bit, but other than that,
    this is excellent blog. A fantastic read. I will definitely be back.

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