Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Now for some lighter fare

Today is a good day for a fun factoid. With all the heavy political news and violence surrounding us in the world, some lighter fare might be in order!

Since a fear of strong women still seems to exist and since comments such as, "She wears the pants in that family" still get tossed around, it seemed fitting to take a look at when pants first began to be worn by women. I'll bet you can't even guess. I know I would never have guessed correctly.

A fascinating book my niece gave me several years ago, Uppity Women of Ancient Times by Vicki Leon, tells the story of the Chaldean princess Semiramis, who married King Shamsi-Adad Five of Assyria. Semiramis is the one who came up with a prototype for pants suitable for women—well over 2,800 years ago! She led the way in building a new system of canals and dikes to irrigate the flatland nearby, and she also led military expeditions against the Medes. So you can see that she wouldn't have found those tasks easy in the long, flowing gowns most often worn then.

So if you are grateful that you're able to wear slacks or jeans, you might want to mouth a silent thank you to Semiramis. I don't know about you, but I'm grateful for her idea ... and for those down through history that kept this trend going and refined it.

I hope you enjoyed this little break from hard news and problem-solving!