les femmes de l’avenir (1902)

Anyone who doubts the relationship between bodies and citizenship might want to have a look at this collection of photographs, originally published in 1902, which imagine female bodies  in traditionally male-bodied public roles: politics, journalism, post secondary education, national defense, police, and even horseriding….

I wonder what happens when we juxtapose the French collection with this, more recent, American production? Perhaps it’s an unfair comparison. Perhaps not.

 

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