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For women’s history month in March, celebrate historical women who persevered

March is women’s history month. I’m always humbled by the information I read on so many women’s lives. Today I want to highlight one woman in particular – Amelia Bloomer.

Amelia Bloomer was a leader in the American temperance movement. She was not the inventor of bloomers, a clothing style designed to reform women’s dress, but based on her advocacy and support, bloomers became associated with her name.  

Bloomers were invented in roughly 1849 in response to the call of a health periodical called the Water-Cure Journal, which encouraged women to develop a new style of dress that would be less harmful to their health than the popular restrictive corsets and heavy fabrics.

Soon after, Amelia advocated for this new style. She faced extensive criticism and jeering crowds and yet she persevered. Dying in 1894, Amelia never lived to see bloomers become popular as a result of the 1895 bicycle craze. For almost 50 years, Amelia fought for the right of women to wear clothing that would better suit their lives.

And it is a lesson in leadership that we can learn from today. Choose a cause you believe in and fight for it. Fight through the criticism. Persevere. Thank you to all of the incredibly strong women who have shown us how it’s done!

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Jennifer Oswald currently serves as Vice President of Sales for Momentum, Inc., a small, women-owned IT and Management Consulting firm based in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.  As a Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®), she leads the Momentum Team in providing services in Management Consulting, Process Improvement, Project Management, and Implementation Support.

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