Refashioning gender

We sometimes imagine that people in the past uniformly adopted "traditional" ways of being, including forms of dress. But historical reality is much more dynamic--and interesting! In the early 20th century, Women adopted masculine attire for a variety of reasons, ranging from a need to dress practically to do "men's" work to rejecting traditional gender roles or expressing a lesbian identity.

Featured Content

Explore shifting modes of self-expression among British women in the early 1900s in this English Heritage article.

Experiments in Gender: Women and Masculine Dress


Oram, Alison. (n.d.). Experiments in Gender: Women and Masculine Dress. English Heritage.

Gender Identity Gender identity icon Our core sense of who we are as a man, a woman, a mixture of both, or neither.

Gender Expression Gender expression icon How we show up in the world through choices like clothing, hair style, mannerisms or tone of voice.

Attraction attraction icon How we feel toward others sexually, romantically and/or emotionally.

Biological Sex Biological sex icon Physical attributes such as reproductive organs and genitalia, chromosomes, genes and hormone levels.

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to gather insights and real learnings

* indicates required
Privacy Policy *