Why the role of first lady hasn't changed since Jackie
People went wild for Michelle's outfit, hair and choice of nail colour at the convention. But some are asking why the FLOTUS can't identify herself as a working woman as opposed to a "mom-in-chief." (Eric Thayer/REUTERS)
Michelle is a Harvard-educated lawyer, yet last night you wouldn't know it. Last night, she went by "mom-in-chief."
That she has to downplay (ignore) her professional credentials is an indication of how, despite women being more important to winning the vote than ever before, the role of the FLOTUS is trapped in the 50's:
"At a time when powerful career women are showcased at each convention — former secretaries of state, senators, governors, activists — the role of the president’s wife, or an aspiring president’s wife, seems pretty much frozen in the template set by Jacqueline Kennedy and Pat Nixon," says the New York Times.
You have to wonder if when she's choosing her clothes, she's thinking like Hillary Clinton was in 2010 when asked about clothing designers she likes:
MODERATOR 1: OK. Which designers do you prefer?
SECRETARY CLINTON: What designers of clothes?
MODERATOR 1: Yes.
SECRETARY CLINTON: Would you ever ask a man that question? (Laughter.) (Applause.)
MODERATOR 1: Probably not. Probably not. (Applause.)