That’s right, we need more hats ladies(…and gents). In light of the recent Kentucky Derby and WORKSHOP‘s 7th Annual Kentucky Derby Party I have come to the conclusion that we need more hats in the movement. What better way to show you mean business than to come marching in a lovely hat?
“When I went to represent my law firm anywhere—I was a young kid just out of college—I said, “How do you do? I’m Bella Abzug from the law firm of such and such,” and people would say, “Yes, fine, fine, sit down.” So I’d wait and nothing much would happen, so finally I’d clear my throat and say, “I’m Bella Abzug from the law firm of such and such,” and they’d say, “Yes, we know, but we’re waiting.” I’d say, “What are we waiting for?” And they’d say, “We’re waiting for the lawyer.” They thought I was the secretary. So I had this identity crisis.
I went home and discussed it with my husband, Martin. In those days professional women wore hats—and gloves, so I put on gloves and a hat. And every time I went anywhere for business, with the hat and gloves, they knew I was there for business. ”
Excerpt from Bella Abzug Interview with Global Education Motivators, April 24, 1997.
Chanel had her own remarkable effect on women’s wear and gender constructs. She single-handedly marked the corset a fashion fuax-pas and set the trend of male inspired textiles and cuts. She redefined what is acceptable for women to wear. She first created hats and then clothing from the styles and materials based on poverty-induced sensibilities. Casual and comfortable was the new couture. Her impact on women remains.
Other Feminists in Hats.