Weird History Bra-Burningest Photos From The Women's Rights Movement  

Ryleigh Nucilli
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Despite the undulating, ever-changing nature of what feminism means, is, and might be, many people still associate it with the bra-burning, equal-pay-for-equal-work, piece-of-the-pie, Gloria Steinem-ized imagery of the Women's Movement of the 1960s. To many, that's what feminism looks like. And why not? Of all the waves of feminism, this one – the so-called second wave – is the most widely recognized in terms of its iconography. 

Women gathered in the streets to protest bridal shows, sick and tired of the legalized meat market that relegated them to second-class citizenship inside the home for the rest of their lives. Though they likely didn't really burn them, 1960s feminists did ditch their bras, collectively throwing them into trash cans as a big ol' middle finger to all the restrictions holding them back from the kind of lives they saw men getting to lead. 

This list takes a trip back to that heady time of consciousness raising and collective ungirdling. So grab your sisters, gather round, and let these images help you plot the revolution.

Marching A Dummy With Women's Clothing Through Trafalgar Square, London, 1971


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Women's Lib Demonstrator Arguing With Police, 1973


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Campaigning For Anti-Discrimination, 1973


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Women's Liberation Movement Demonstrating Against The Miss World Contest, London, 1970


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