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Hi, my name is Sophie B. I am a year 12 student and just recently at school we have been researching about women's rights and how the role of women in society has changed. And someone told me that in the sixties women burned thier bras at one of their protests. I was wondering if you could tell me if it is true. If so I would really appreciate it if you could send me some information about it. I really think that what you do is excellent and that you inspire & encourage a lot of women to voice their opinion and be heard.

Anyway if you could answer my question I would really be grateful. Thank You, S.B

Thanks for your note to FEMINIST.COM and for seeking out women's history. Learning this history--will certainly help make your future better. As for the bra-burning--that is a myth. The story goes like this... at the Miss American Pageant in the late sixties in Atlantic City, women threw signs of feminity into a trash bin. The original idea was to burn them, but they couldn't get a fire permit, so nothing ever happened. The intent was there, but it was never actually executed. However, given how often this is wrongly cited, it points to the media's consisten misrepresentation of feminism. I hope that helps.

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