Halloween has arrived! If you're still scrambling for a last-minute costume to wear out tonight, put down the "sexy cat" getup—Adventures in Feministory is here to help! Here are five costume ideas from the past year in Feministories, all guaranteed to make for great Halloweenwear (and you don't even need a pushup bra to pull them off). Click on the links to learn all about these women (and get info to enhance your costume)!
Valentina Tereshkova, First Woman in Space
You'll need: An orange jumpsuit, a white helmet, and an adventurous spirit. Bonus detail: Tereshkova's space call sign was Chaika—ask your friends to refer to you by that name all night long.
Big Mama Thornton, Blues Singer Extraordinaire
You'll need: A vintage dress, a harmonica, and a willingness to sing in public. Bonus detail: Thornton also played the drums, so bring a couple of sticks with you if you've got 'em.
Dr. Rust Westheimer, Sexologist
You'll need: A snappy pantsuit, a pair of oval-shaped glasses, and a healthy and frank outlook on human sexuality. Bonus detail: Westheimer co-hosted an episode of Friday Night Videos with Ozzy Osborne—a great addition to your Halloween bona fides.
Anna May Wong as Madame Liu-Tsong, Art-Loving TV Detective You'll need: A silk dress, a detective's magnifying glass, and a working knowledge of fine art. Bonus detail: Liu-Tsong owned her own gallery, so don't be afraid to comment on your host's decor.
Gertrude Stein, Writer and Scenester
You'll need: A white scarf, a notebook and pen, and an entourage of famous friends and hangers-on. Bonus detail: The truly lazy Halloween celebrator could write "Gertrude" on a beer stein and still make a costume out of it.
Any other history-inspired Halloween costume ideas? Share them with us in the comments! Happy Halloween!
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