Feminism hasn’t seen a year like 2018 since… 1918. Rewind the clock roughly 100 years and a wave of change was sweeping across the globe. The Great War was entering it’s final bloody stages.It was a very dark time. Trench warfare had taken its toll in Europe. The landscape and political lines resulting from this war would forever shape and change the modern world. Death and starvation were everywhere. Europe’s civilian population suffered unthinkable hardships. A global refugee crisis that has yet to be matched caused even more suffering. The Spanish Flu pandemic spread across the oceans and was wiping out millions of people. It was a dark time. Yet, the darkness brought hope.
What amazes me about this moment in history is the forceful commitment to change that consumed women. The fight to be recognized as an individual and not as property still captured a wave of momentum, despite the doom and despair that prevailed. The commitment to the cause could not be silenced in the face of so many other hardships that were crying for attention.
I look at this time and can’t help but compare it to the present. It feels like the very definition of what it is like to be a woman is under a global microscope. Like a century ago, all of this is happening despite many dark challenges of our day.
If widespread change could start in the gloom of the early 1900’s, then widespread change today isn’t out of the question now. If like-minded people can see light through the darkness, the darkness can still be lifted. If we are rewriting injustices and creating opportunity for all in a time of chaos, change must be on the horizon. It was then and it very much is now.
We are all witnesses to a great history. I am in awe of the pace at which the world is moving. I am in awe of the changing views and new visions. Mostly, I am proud to feel the hope. Looking at the past, knowing what came out of those dark days gives me that hope. It offers stability and will bring change.
You might be asking yourself what does all this history have to do with a fashion post? It all started with putting these pants on and realizing what a dream they are to wear. First thing Denise said is what the women 100 years ago would have given to wear them. That’s all it takes to get me thinking about our history as women and a civilization.
These pants are from the Montreal based company Mode de Vie. They are incredibly comfortable and stylish. We will be showcasing more of their pants over the coming weeks. Shop my black dress pants HERE.
(Opinions are my own, pants provided by Mode de Vie)