Masks, Skin and a Chance to Just Be

It’s 1947. American women had been granted the right to vote less than 30 years earlier. In twenty years, they would be talking about liberating themselves. But for now, women would have to be content to put on scanty costumes and assume a disguise in order to act like themselves”

They had been forced into the roles of well-mannered daughters or girlfriends, and a secret life gave these women a chance to be themselves. Putting on a cape and mask liberated these women to live the kind of life that they dreamed of—one where they could help make their world a better place.

The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines by Mike Madrid


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