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    31 Things Women Used To Have To Do In Skirts That'll Make You Say "Nah"

    Climbing mountains in a full-length skirt seems extremely safe!!!!

    1. Fight fires:

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    (Click the photos to enlarge/see these badass women in action!)

    2. Climb mountains:

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    3. Patrol the nation's parks:

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    Fun* fact: female US park rangers weren't authorized to wear the same uniform as men until 1978.


    4. And the streets:

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    Read the entire (fascinating) history of female police officer's uniforms here.

    5. Work in factories:

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    6. Ice fish for crabs:

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    7. Duel:

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    8. Bring in crops:

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    As if being a sharecropper in the Jim Crow South wasn't bad enough.

    9. Swim:

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    Like, I would drown, but OK:

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    10. Tend to soldiers on the front lines during war:

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    11. Tend to patients in the hospital any old time:

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    12. Dissect cadavers:

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    13. Ride a bike:

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    14. Ski:

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    15. Fall while skiing:

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    (And then somehow get up? Maybe? Or maybe she just died there, which is what I would have done?)

    16. Ride horses:

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    Sidesaddle FTW!!!!

    17. Hop over streams:

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    18. Shoot guns:

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    19. Do woodworking and carpentry:

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    20. Play basketball:


    21. And baseball:

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    Because, sure, this is the kind of outfit you could easily squat behind home plate in:

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    22. Sword fight:

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    23. Compete in Olympic archery:

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    24. Serve time in prison:

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    Another (not actually) fun fact: In 1938 a California woman was sent to prison for defying a judge's order and appearing in court in pants!

    25. Serve in the military:

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    26. Jump rope:

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    27. Uh...participate in gym class:

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    28. Attend high school/try to prevent other women from attending high school:

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    29. Attend lab class:

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    30. Be on the floor of the US Senate:


    Women weren't allowed to wear pants on the floor of the US Senate until 1993. NINETEEN-NINETY-THREE! (And only then because a group of female senators defied the rules and just did the damn thing.)

    31. March for basic human rights:

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