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Women’s Pockets in the 1860s

By Ava Koper

Women’s pockets: Should they or should they not have them?


Women didn’t have saggy pockets coming out of their pants and men still had to have saggy pockets and in that case I completely agree with this because having big baggy pockets is not ideal for anyone, men or women.

Women got an opportunity to choose a style of purse or what they wanted to show the style of the purse and that would help women and girls show their personalities, beliefs, and religions.

If some of these women believe that there should always be a “man of the house” this encourages them to let “the man” do all the work and carry the money.


Women’s pockets practically disappeared and their husbands would take care of all their money and necessities because he is “the man of the house.”

On the other hand, women shouldn’t have to have a bag that is the size of a little kid’s purse. They would have to have their ‘pockets’ on show to the world, choosing small bags or reticles that could barely fit items such as a hankie or money.

But on the other hand, what kind of example is it showing to girls and young women? That men are the only people with power?


After reviewing these arguments my opinion on this topic is that this is unfair and sexist. I believe that men and women should be treated equally and that goes from simple things like women’s clothing having pockets to getting the same opportunities in the job industry. Also other examples like being able to make the same amount of money and even keeping $10 in your back pocket, but either way this one little pocket problem has opened a whole new door for women to express the social gender injustice.

Women throughout the years have been brave and go after things even people said couldn’t be done.

About this piece:
During the Fall 2021 semester, 826NYC’s journalism class, Write All About It, dug deep into our local Brooklyn history with support from historians at the Center for Brooklyn History and the New-York Historical Society, alongside independent research. In emulation of one of the first Black-owned newspapers in the country, The Freedman’s Torchlight — which was published in the town of Weeksville, now part of Crown Heights, in the 1860s — students wrote about the news and culture of 1860s Brooklyn in this time-hop special edition of The 826NYC Post.



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