The common assumption is that bra burning began with demonstrators outside -the Convention Hall in Atlantic City during the 1968 Miss America contest. That apparently is false.
Women’s Lib pickets protesting the pageant talked of a “symbolic bra burning.” But reporters who covered the event say the demonstrators ended up throwing bras, girdles and hair curlers in a “freedom trash can.”
One newsman recalls a picket preparing to burn a bra by lighting newspapers in a wastebasket. But the papers never really caught fire before police put out the smokey flames. The bra was slightly smoked.
The one authenticated bra burning took place in Oklahoma City during a demonstration in conjunction with the 1970 national Women’s Liberation Day.
Mrs Gwen Rose, secretary of a YWCA branch and an organizer of the local protest, set a bra to flames. She also accidentally ignited a small patch of grass and a cardboard box of underwear that was to have been burned later.