Dr. Mary Walker ”believed that tight corsets along with voluminous skirts and petticoats were unsanitary and hampered her medical practice. So she didn’t wear them: first sporting bloomers, then, midway through the war, abandoning those for a male surgeon’s uniform. She didn’t attempt to pass as a man; she was an obviously female doctor wearing a male uniform…. She continued to wear men’s clothing throughout her long life (she lived until 1919) and continually advocated for rational dress reform for women.”
This is awesome, but I think a bit if rewriting history is happening. Rational dress for women is great, but I don’t think she needed to wear a top hat! I think she was a dandy (whatever the right term is here), nothing wrong with that!