Each generation represents a new image of the feminine ideal, an updated version of the features that make up what most people would consider a beautiful woman. At the end of the 19th century, there was such an image, but during a time of great change for women.
During the 1890s, a new woman emerged in America who instantly changed–and challenged–the standard feminine image. These free-spirited, fierce women were emboldened by the suffragists, who broke apart the traditional female roles.
Progressive politics had introduced new divorce laws, and jobs were being taken by women who no longer considered their home as the only working place. These “New Women,” especially the younger ones, were forging an identity that represented an authentic milestone in women’s history.