This dissertation argues that a significant number of suffragettes created a hybridised gendered appearance, by appropriating items of clothing traditionally linked to male dress and closely associated with masculinity. Tailoring, bowler-hats, cravats, collars and ties within suffragette dress directly conflict with the WSPU’s directives stressing the political importance of a traditionally feminine appearance. It is argued that these modes of dress were adopted by suffragettes, not only because they were more practical and conformed to a new aesthetic, but also because they embodied qualities of rationality and professionalism that challenged conventional understandings of feminine identity.
There is a negative connotation to calling them suffragettes instead of suffragists.
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