Episode 214: Normies and Freaks | Helen Hulick and the Fight to Wear Pants


March 13th, 2024

1 hr 8 mins 16 secs

Season 5

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Tina and Hillary cover the history of women winning the right to wear pants.

Throughout history gender norms dictated what women could or couldn’t wear. BUT pants are now the norm thanks to women who challenged conventions.

Tina's Story
All That's Interesting
Meet Helen Hulick, The Woman Who Was Jailed For Wearing Pants To Court--by Marco Margaritoff

City Data Forum
Roane Woman arrested for wearing pants in 1923

LA Times
California Retrospective: In 1938, L.A. woman went to jail for wearing slacks in courtroom

Two Women Who Were Arrested for Wearing Pants, 80 Years Apart--Marie Kester

NBC News
How drag bans have made clothing a political statement, according to a queer style expert

Did a Woman Go To Jail for Wearing Slacks in 1938?--by Nur Ibrahim

Arrested for Wearing Pants

Helen Beebe

WRTV Indianapolis
Women given permission to pursue pants 100 years ago--Michael Hartz

Helen Hulick wearing pants (1938)--from the Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection via Snopes
Hulick Newspaper Clipping--via Snopes
Hulick in denim prison dress--from UCLA via All That's Interesting

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