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September 22, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(12):755-756. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460380033009

While it might not be easy to give a succinct definition of the "new woman," she may be described as one who has been emancipated from the bonds of tradition and has been permitted to find the place of usefulness in the world that she is capable of filling; and there is not wanting evidence that she has profited by the new opportunities thus afforded. In one respect, however, she has, as yet, failed to exhibit her independence and her strength, and that is in her continued and almost abject submission to the dictates of fashion, regardless of hygienic considerations. For instance, can anything be more conceivably dangerous than the trailing skirts with which women have so largely of late swept filthy streets, raising clouds of bacteria-laden dust, and carrying into their homes the agents of disease and death? Further, in spite of all the denunciation that has been heaped