16 Jun 2013


Those women are my heroines.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e3/Wigan_pit_brow_lass.jpgThey did not wear pants instead of lace - so fashionable during late Victorian and Edwardian times - because they liked it more. They wore trousers for the function and skirts for the social agreement.

The Wigan pit brow girls in the Victorian society wore trousers for their dangerous work in the coal mines. They wore skirts over their trousers and rolled them up to their waist to keep them out of the way.

Pit Brow Lasses.

Those young women worked often in mines where metal ores (copper or tin) were extracted, while their fathers, brothers or husbands were down below.
The tasks included often crushing large pieces of stones to expose more ore.

They are heroic because they were not forced to work so hard, but did so by choice to better themselves and help their families.

File:Corset Harpers Bezar1882k.gifAt the same time many women from the "upper crust" were suffering from the boredom, dependence and perceived lack of choice - forced on them or willingly assumed.
The constrictions of the Victorian life were almost like those of its chief social and physical prosthesis -> the corset.

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