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The Freedom That Comes With Pockets

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The fanny pack, the book bag, the velcro arm band. Women stuff money in their bras, credit cards in their socks, cell phones in the waistband on their sweats. What’s a woman need to do to get a decent pocket around here? For years, ladies and clothing manufacturers have struggled to come up with a comfortable way for women to transport their belongings, while men jackets come with about five different compartments for concealing anything from money to a flask to a weapon. What gives? If you’ve ever wondered why women can achieve the right to vote, but can’t find a pocket on their jeans, here are some of the weird histories behind pockets.

Seventeenth Century
The seventeenth century’s equivalent of the woman’s purse was far from ideal. While men had the luxury of pockets sewn into their garments, women were left to wrap a sack with a string around their wastes and tuck it under her gown, and petticoat, making it extremely hard to access, and not very flattering.

Eighteenth Century
Enter the hip pouch. This device consisted of two sack-like patches attached by strings which could be wrapped around a woman’s waist over her clothes, apron like, acting as two makeshift hanging pockets. These were often elaborately embroidered and could hold anything from cakes to jewelry.

Nineteenth Century
Styles changed in the nineteenth century when the voluminous dress silhouettes were slimmed down into a more Grecian inspired look, leaving no room for pockets. Says Elizabeth Morano, a professor at Parsons School of Design, “Think of the neoclassical dress. It’s straight up and down. The line of the clothes changes completely.”

Enter the purse. The reticule, as it was called was a tiny bag that women carried in their hands. As time went on, these accessories began to become more elegant, and eventually became status symbols, but served no purpose, since they were too small to carry money and most of the money handling was left to the men. Large reticules were frowned upon, as they were considered symbols of working women. Fashion historian Barbara Burman says, “The frustrations and limitations of women’s access to money and ownership of property were neatly mirrored in the restricted scope of their pocket.”

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20th Century
The early 20th century brought the woman’s trouser and with it more complications. While women now had a pocket-friendly clothing item, apparently pockets weren’t friendly to the female silhouette.

So even if the trousers did have pockets, chances were they were so small as to be barely functional. According to a 1954 quote from Christian Dior, “Men have pockets to keep things in, women for decoration.”

The 70’s brought a small wave of relief when menswear inspired pieces came into vogue, with baggy clothes, such as modeled by Diane Keaton as Annie Hall, coming into vogue. However, when the 90’s borough a rise of designer hand bags, we were back to square one, plus low rise pants didn’t help matters much.

21st Century
And now we arrive at the present. Big pockets have been popping up on big dresses on red carpets, but we have yet to see skinny jeans capable of handling an iPhone. What can we do and how much longer must we sacrifice for fashion?

If you have any ideas about a solution to the pocket problem, you may want to get a patent. Let us know your thoughts.

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Most Influential Women in History – Vine Vera Reviews

Failure is nothing but a stepping stone to success. The women on this list of the most influential women in history have tasted failure. What made them stand out from the rest was that they also had the drive and the strength to succeed and the will to keep trying until they were successful. Vine Vera celebrates the Women’s History Month by honoring some of the greatest, unconventional, courageous and most inspiring women. So without further ado, let’s review some of the  influential women, women who have made enormous impacts in different spheres of life.

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Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe is perhaps the most legendary film actress of Hollywood. Her movies might not have changed the course of history; but her flawless looks, unimaginable persona, unique sophistication and aura of glamor defined world fashion for years.

Cleopatra 
Cleopatra, the last Ptolemaic ruler of Egypt, was famous for her exotic beauty and her role in protecting the Egyptian Empire for the Great Roman Empire. To save her great nation, she used her guile, wits, charm and looks to forge relationships with two of the most powerful rulers of Rome, Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony. Till date, women all over the world associate Cleopatra with flawless and unparalleled beauty.

Mary Magdalene
Numerous sources suggest that Mary Magdalene was one of the most devoted followers of Jesus Christ. She was the first to see his resurrection and stood near Jesus during his crucifixion.

Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc was the Patron Saint of France, who had inspired a revolt against English occupation. She emerged as a heroine at a tender age of 17 and was the reason behind the French victory at Orleans. Her martyrdom only heightened her mystery.
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Catherine the Great
Catherine II, also known as Catherine the Great, is still remembered as one of the greatest political leaders of the world. She played an instrumental role in improving the Russian serfs and also helped art and culture to thrive in Russia. Her vision saw Russia cementing its position as one of the most dominant countries in Europe.

Elizabeth I
Elizabeth I was the Queen of England at a time when great social and economic changes all over the globe. She witnessed the Spanish Armada defeat and played an instrumental role in transforming England into one of the most dominant powers in the world. She also saw England cementing its place as a Protestant country.

Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist who sparked the Montgomery bus boycott after she refused to give a white man her bus seat and was subsequently arrested. Her life exemplified the values of courage and commitment, and her participation in the civil rights movement proved to be a key turning point in civil rights history.

Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria presided over one of the largest empires in world history. Although she remained aloof from party politics, she still managed to gain enormous influence in British politics. She also began to symbolize an entire era of Victorian values. 

Marie Curie
Marie Curie was the first woman who received a Nobel Prize and the first person to be awarded the coveted prize in two different categories. Her first prize came about in the year 1903 because of her research in radioactivity. The second prize was awarded in 1911 for her role in the field of chemistry.

Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel was instrumental in defining world fashion during the 20th century. Her revolutionary ideas redesigned male fashion for the benefit of women, and her work made her one of the most innovative fashion designers of the world.
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Amelia Earhart
Who hasn’t heard of Amelia Earhart, the iconic Aviator who emerged as the first woman to fly across the Atlantic? Her flight mysteriously disappeared in a tragic accident in 1937 while she dared a journey across the globe. Amelia’s ambition and drive to excel showed the world just how high a woman with real ambitions could soar.

Mother Teresa
This Nobel Peace Prize winner dedicated her life caring for those who didn’t have anyone to care for them. Her order “The Missionaries of Charity” worked tirelessly towards improving the life of the poor in India, and it still continues to influence millions of people in her memories. What made Mother Teresa so different was her unwavering dedication towards the needy, as she continued to fight pneumonia, malaria and two heart attacks to take care of those who needed her the most. 

Anne Frank
Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl, died at a Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the tender age of 15. She became famous through her diary that offered a unique account into life during the Holocaust, a WWII tragedy that led to the mass murder of about 6 million Jews. Her diary transformed into one of the most read books in the world, and it truly affected the lives of countless people all over the globe.

Princess Diana
Princess Diana was popularly known as the people’s princess. She was a British royal who managed to keep her popularity intact despite her troubled marriage with Prince Charles. What made Princess Diana so unique was her unwavering determination towards charity work and her Nobel Peace Prize winning campaign against landmines. Her campaign for the acceptance of people suffering from AIDS was perhaps her biggest legacy.

With so many women to choose from, Vine Vera found it impossible to give every woman the due recognition she deserves. Let us know which other women you would like to see on this list using the comments box below!

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