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Jackson Park Beach, 1920

 

 

 

Jackson Park Beach, 1920

The controversy over proper bathing attire included women as well as men. More than a class issue, some women's complaints about their required bathing costumes stemmed from the larger women's movement. In July 1913, Dr. Rosalie Ladova was arrested on the charge of disorderly conduct in July 1913 for removing her bathing skirt and swimming in her bloomers at the municipal Jackson Park Beach. At her court appearance, Dr. Ladova explained, "I believe in swimming, but women cannot swim in skirts." Judge Gemmill dismissed the charge, finding that the doctor's attire was not indecent.