In 1881 the Rational Dress Society was formed which called for dramatic changes to Victorian fashion. The Rational Dress Society thought no woman should have to wear more than seven pounds of underwear. The figure actually halved what had been worn by most women in 1850, when ladies often wore up to 14 pounds of undergarments. The goal was to introduce fashion that would neither deform the figure, nor prevent movement. This led to the development of bloomers.
Lady Florence Norman, a suffragette, on her motor-scooter in 1916, travelling to work at offices in London where she was a supervisor. The scooter was a birthday present from her husband, the journalist and Liberal politician Sir Henry Norman.