At the end of the 19th century, people flocked to the ocean more than ever before! In the beginning of the 20th Century gender roles started to take a turn. By 1920, women had the right to vote. Similarly, a decade before that, women stopped being arrested for showing their legs and shoulders at the beach. What mostly changed was that women started to swim, really swim. At this time, swimming became a competitive sport and women participated both in school and recreational. For this reason, the bathing suit became more functional. It was still made of wool, but was a lot smaller. A typical bathing suit in the early 1900s was a one-piece tank style jumper that ended at the thigh and was tight enough to allow real movement in the water. It was not considered sexy by any means, but looked especially good on girls with boyish figures.