{September 3, 2013}   What Women Have Gone Through

A few things I’ve wondered about and finally found the energy and attention span to research:


The first Push-Up Bra. Thank God for Victoria's Secret!

The first Push-Up Bra. Thank God for Victoria’s Secret!


The first modern bra was invented in 1889 by Herminie Cadolle in France. Cup sizes were introduced in 1933 by the S.H. Camp and Company when they correlated the size and pendulousness of women’s breast to letters of the alphabet, A through D.


Imagine having to wear this for one week every month?!

Imagine having to wear this for one week every month?!

That time of month? Run to the store on the corner and grab a box of tampons, panty liners or pads. Before the late 1920’s this wouldn’t have been possible because Tampons hadn’t yet been patented for mass production. In fact the Ancient Egyptians had made Tampons out of softened Papyrus. In Greece tampons were rigged out of lint wrapped around small pieces of wood. In Rome they used wool to make both pads and tampons. Less wealthy women used paper, animal skins, moss and grass. It wasn’t until 1896 that the first commercial sanitary napkins were available from Lister’s Towels. The first commercial Tampon was commercialized in 1931 by a Doctor Earl Haas. And finally, in 1969 StayFree introduced Minipads, the first sanitary napkin with adhesive so it would stick to panties without having to use belts, clips and safety pins. What a relief!



BCFrom 1930-1960 Lysol Disinfectant was used by many women as a contraceptive (at the same time it was being advertised as a bathroom and kitchen cleaner!), though it didn’t actually prevent pregnancy. The first birth control pill was approved by the FDA in 1960. Unfortunately, though it was effective for preventing pregnancy, many women suffered the severe side effects such as heart attacks and blood clots… because the dosage was actually ten times higher than it needed to be. It wasn’t until 1988 that a new, safer pill was approved by the FDA.


et cetera