“Masquerading in Male Attire”
Women Passing as Men in America, 1844–1920
About the Book
Historically, American women have dressed as men for a number of reasons—to enter the military, to travel freely, to commit a criminal act, to marry other women—but most often to secure employment. During the mid–1800s and early 1900s, most jobs were barred to women, and those that were available to both sexes paid women far less.
This book profiles both women who tried to pass as men and were caught—and even arrested—and those who successfully masqueraded for years. Whatever their motives, all took part in a common rebellion against an economic and social system that openly discriminated against them.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 90 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018