“Elizabeth” Top

$40.00

Sheer, luminous and lightweight, the Elizabeth top is here to make the summer heat as bearable as possible. 

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Psst, wanna know who Elizabeth was? 

Known as “the schoolteacher on the streetcar,” Elizabeth Jennings stood up for her civil rights by sitting down. Much like Rosa Parks — but more than a century earlier — Jennings challenged segregation when she was 24 years old by insisting on her right to a seat on a New York City streetcar, even after a white conductor ordered her to leave.

During the July 16, 1854, incident, Jennings was forcibly removed from the vehicle and pushed into the street by the conductor and a police officer.

After her letter describing her treatment was published in the New York Tribune, she successfully sued the Third Avenue Railway Company. Jennings was represented by Chester A. Arthur — who would become president of the United States in 1881 — and she collected $225 in damages, according to the African American Registry.

Her case established an important precedent, and most of the streetcar lines in New York City were integrated by 1860.

 

SIZING GUIDE

SIZEBUST (cm)WAIST (cm)HIPS (cm)
XXS77-8057-6082-85
XS81-8361-6386-89
S84-8664-6690-93
M88-9167-7094-98
L94-9875-80100-105
XL103-10985-91109-115
XXL115-12397-105121-128
3XL131-138112-119134-140
4XL145-152126-133147-154
5XL153-159134-140155-161
6XL160-167141-148162-169
7XL168-175149-156170-177

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Viscose 100%

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