Clinton in her earlier days…


I wasn’t eavesdropping, but…while I was sitting in the Madison, Wisconsin airport waiting on my ride, I couldn’t help but overhear the conversation being held between two women sitting to my immediate right. Because I think it’s relevant to the story, the women were white and looked to each be in their 50s or 60s.

The topic of discussion, Hillary Clinton. The issue, why can’t she wear a skirt or a dress more often?

I find it interesting to hear the real thoughts of people regarding the presidential candidates when they think that no one is listening.

These two women felt that Hillary was trying too hard to be a man, so hard that she had taken to dressing like one. They felt that it wouldn’t hurt her to take on a more feminine role and take to wearing more dresses and skirt suits. Their words, “be more of a lady.” They preferred her First Lady attire to her Presidential Candidate attire.

They also thought that Michelle Obama was beautiful and knew how to dress like a lady.

Yes, I know it’s 2008, but these are the types of candid conversations that are taking place all over the country.

I’m actually inclined to believe after listening to these two women, that they belong to that generation of women who still believe that role of the woman is best realized through childrearing and homemaking and that Clinton shouldn’t even be running for President in the first place. They like Michelle because in their minds, she’s an example of a lady who is standing by her man.

It’s precisely that mode of thinking that’s very dangerous and has feminists everywhere cringing.

And even though I am proud Obama supporter, I think it’s ridiculous that this day in age women are still being judged on the basis of their apparel…by other women! If Clinton wants to rock a pants suit while campaigning, more power to her. Her wearing pants doesn’t mean that she’s trying to be man. In actuality, it doesn’t have to mean anything other than comfort for a woman that’s on the road from sun up to sun down campaigning.