This article in today’s NY Times is EXACTLY what my column, “Dear Coco,” focused on this week. The article discusses women in politics, and how appearing too feminine is a drawback to image and their campaign.
NY Times: The Fashion Conservatives
The article highlights Sarah Palin and how her more laid-back style shook up the campaign trail in 2008. I am hoping the writer is not implying that it was her style and glamour were what killed the McCain-Palin ticket. It was really more that beneath all of her prettiness, she has no substance. Pretty shiny objects only hold your attention for a short amount of time, if that’s all they are.
We need to break this notion that strong leadership only comes through masculinity.
My favorite part of the article was a quote from Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue… “The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously is frankly dismaying,” Ms. Wintour chided. “I do think Americans have moved on from the power suit mentality. Political campaigns that do not recognize this are making a serious misjudgment.”