For most of recorded history, men may have had control over the world. But women have had one thing men don't: the ability to produce life purses.

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Purses have been vital to the female species in concealing our tampons and birth control fashionably (also, to hold some lipstick and a paper straw wrapper that is always at the bottom of the bag for some reason). To honor our long history carrying our shit around, Mode made a quick video of handbag evolution over the last 100 years, and displayed all the crap stuffed into them typical for the generation.

Check out how delicate everything from 1916 was:

That embellished metallic rectangle at the bottom center is full of matches in case a lady needed to set something on fire.

By 1976, we can see this isn't just about purses, it's a visual representation of our place in society. And wicker. And beads.

A woman could just plug herself with a tampon and then write a check, no fire necessary.
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