Upcoming Events

March 31, 2020 @ 9:00 am 4:00 pm

In 2020, the Miller House Museum is presenting four brand-new exhibits that focus on the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America.

About this Event

In just over 20 years, American women went from wearing corsets, heavy skirts, and layers of petticoats to donning pants and knee-length dresses. What sparked this major change in fashion? The role of clothing – and the lengths to which women would go to defend their choices – is explored in this new exhibit. Learn more about the social changes that prompted these fashion changes, and what that meant for the women’s rights movement throughout the 20th century.

Free – $7 Free for WCHS Members, $7 for Adults, $5 for Students 13 – 17, and $3 for Children 7-12

Miller House Museum

135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
March 31, 2020

Fashion for Fighting: The Role of Clothing in the Women’s Rights Movement

In 2020, the Miller House Museum is presenting four brand-new exhibits that focus on the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America. About this Event In just over 20 years, American women went from wearing corsets, heavy skirts, and layers of petticoats to donning pants and knee-length dresses. What sparked this major change in fashion? The role of clothing – and the lengths to which women would go to defend their choices – is explored in this new exhibit. Learn more about the social changes that prompted these fashion changes, and what that meant for the women’s rights movement throughout the 20th century.
February 7, 2020

Fashion for Fighting: The Role of Clothing in the Women’s Rights Movement

In 2020, the Miller House Museum is presenting four brand-new exhibits that focus on the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America. About this Event In just over 20 years, American women went from wearing corsets, heavy skirts, and layers of petticoats to donning pants and knee-length dresses. What sparked this major change in fashion? The role of clothing – and the lengths to which women would go to defend their choices – is explored in this new exhibit. Learn more about the social changes that prompted these fashion changes, and what that meant for the women’s rights movement throughout the 20th century.
June 13, 2018

Women fight for their rights – and their fashions?

I’ve been thinking a lot about ladies recently. Besides being an absolutely delightful one myself, I spend a lot of time around powerful, accomplished, intelligent women who work hard every day to make life better for those around them. On a much larger scale, it is impossible to deny that American women are once again in the spotlight, receiving national attention as we define women’s rights, roles, and personal agency moving into the 21st century. American women were doing much the same 100 years ago as the world moved into the 20th century. Questions about women’s rights, roles, and personal agency needed to be answered for a rapidly changing world. The answers to those questions revealed themselves in a variety of ways – in the passage of the 18th and 20th Amendments, which started Prohibition and granted women the right to vote, respectively, and in the swift and major changes in women’s apparel from the 1890s to the 1920s. While changes in fashion might seem frivolous next to major political change, women’s clothing and activities have always closely reflected that society’s attitudes towards women. Women’s leisure clothing saw the largest innovations and changes as women gained more agency within American […]