"I believe we should have shocked the ‘New Woman’ with our appetites"

‘New Woman’ was a term used in the late 19th century to describe a woman who asserted her independence and individuality. Cycling and smoking, activities normally associated with men at the time, were seen as indicators of a new woman.

Such women became deeply involved in the suffragette movement.

 

A woman in trousers smokes while watching a man do the laundry, 1901
Public DomainA woman in trousers smokes while watching a man do the laundry, 1901 - Credit: Library of Congress