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Mrs. Isabella Barnes of Liberal, Kansas, writes Governor Edward Hoch of Topeka concerning her wish to wear men's clothing. Mrs. Barnes states that she would like to wear men's clothing to help her obtain suitable employment and avoid unwanted insults from men. She has contacted the U. S. Attorney General at Washington D. C. concerning this issue and asks Governor Hoch if she would be liable to arrest and if there was not some way for a woman to receive permission to wear men's clothes. Isabella's concerns illustrate many women's efforts to transcend narrowly defined social and sexual roles in the early twentieth century.
Creator: Barnes, Isabella
Date: March 17, 1906
Item Number: 208915
Call Number: Governor's Records, Hoch, Box 4 Folder 4
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 208915
Business and Industry - Manufacturing
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Teachers
Collections - State Archives - Governor's Records - Hoch, Edward W.
Date - 1900s - 1906
Government and Politics - Federal Government - Federal agencies and programs - Agencies - Attorney General
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Women's rights
Government and Politics - State Government - Governors - Hoch, Edward Wallis
Home and Family - Clothing
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Letter
People - Notable Kansans - Hoch, Edward Wallis, 1849-1925
People - Women
Places - Cities and towns - Liberal
Places - Cities and towns - Topeka
Places - Counties - Seward
Places - Counties - Shawnee
Thematic Time Period - Age of Reform, 1880 - 1917 - Progressive Era, 1900-1916
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Letters