According to mytho-historical accounts, the ancient Amazons wore pants while riding into battle. But the trend this tribe of warrior women set was short lived. For nearly two millennia after their demise, the notion of women wearing pants was steeped in controversy.
And while this controversy has diminished, it is by no means over. From the fuss over Hillary Clinton's pant suits to the unofficial dress codes which still pervade corporate America, there are indications that we've yet to move past old expectations of women's fashion. This hour we speak with historians and fashion experts about the history of women and pants.
- Gayle Fischer - Associate professor of history at Salem State University and author of Pantaloons and Power: A Nineteenth-Century Dress Reform in the United States
- Kathleen Cooper - Virginia based writer whose work has appeared in The Toast, The Airship, The Washington Post, and elsewhere
- Hannah Kimberley - Teacher at the Academy at Penguin Hall in Wenham, Massachusetts. And author of A Woman's Place Is at the Top: A Biography of Annie Smith Peck, Queen of the Climbers
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on September 7, 2017.