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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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BECAUSE WALKING BETWEEN ICY MOUNTAINS ON A LADDER IN A DRESS DEFINITELY SEEMS SAFE.

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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.

*lolsob

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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JUST A CHILL DAY ON THE BEACH:

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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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…on…ice???

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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:

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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:

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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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