On November 9, 1938, Los Angeles Kindergarten teacher Helen Hulick was arrested and put in jail for wearing pants in a courtroom.
The 28-year-old school teacher wore slacks during a court appearance to testify against two men.
After being arrested in the courtroom, her testimony was rescheduled and Hullick was ordered by Judge Arthur S. Guerin to return to the court in a dress. Hulick was quoted in the Los Angeles Times saying, “You tell the judge I will stand on my rights. If he orders me to change into a dress I won’t do it. I like slacks. They’re comfortable.”
Thank you, Helen, for fighting to make pants an acceptable form of dress for women!