You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer

Well, usually on Monday I share things I have made in the previous week.. Since I am working on Holiday gifts, I would like to share something else with you in the upcoming weeks.

I am kind of like a broken record when it comes to the things I love. I will recommend them to anyone and everyone. I have a standby list of things I always recommend, and I thought that I could share some of them here with you!

First up is one of my favorite kid’s books. It’s called You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer (disclosure alert: If you click on that link and buy the book I get a little kickback from amazon.)

This book blends so many things I love together! It includes: history, specifically women’s history, fashion, writing, an emphasis for standing up for what you believe in, & cute illustrations!

The author Shana Corey has also written a number of other great books including a book about the All American Girls Professional Baseball League called Players In Pigtails. She also wrote another about the founding of The Girl Scouts called Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette ‘Daisy’ Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure.

In You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer we meet Amelia Bloomer, a real woman who was a suffragette, author, editor and dress reform activist.

Amelia is fed up with the restrictive dress standards for women living in 1850. She meets Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s cousin Libby, who is wearing long pants. Inspired, Amelia Bloomer makes her self a pair. She then shares the pattern with the readers of her newspaper, The Lily.

One thing leads to another and long pants become known as bloomers, and the course of women’s fashion and freedom is altered forever!

I love talking with my own kids about how history has influenced the world today. I love that this book can draw a direct line between changes in history made by this woman to what they wear on their own bodies today.

This is the book that kicked off the Amelia Bloomer Project, a list of recommended feminist literature from birth to age 18. It’s easy to see why. It is a great addition to anyone’s library, and a perfect gift for the holiday season.

2 Comments

  1. Little Big November 13, 2012 Reply

    I think Isobel needs a copy of this book for Christmas.

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