Spotlight on Leadership:
Donna Edwards for U.S. Senate
As Congresswoman from Maryland’s 4th District, Donna Edwards has been a progressive champion for women’s reproductive rights, investments in historically black colleges and science and technology education, and standing up to anyone willing to consider cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Donna’s authored legislation to support 10,000 Maryland jobs as a Ranking Member of the Space, Science, and Technology Committee, and fought to bring economic development, including the new FBI headquarters, to Maryland as a Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. As the daughter of an Air Force Dad and sister of a Vietnam medic, she knows we must keep our promise to those who serve.
Now, Donna is ready for her next fight — to become Maryland’s next Senator and the second African-American woman ever elected to serve in the United States Senate.
Meet Donna in Boston on Monday, June 22. Click here to view the invitation and RSVP.
THE FINE PRINT: Why It (Doesn’t Really) Matter that Hillary Clinton Wore Ralph Lauren
Having been a woman in the public and political spotlight for much of her adult life, Hillary Clinton is not naive enough to think her sartorial choices go unnoticed. As the New York Times’ analysis of Hillary Clinton’s choice of a Ralph Lauren suit for her first campaign rally notes, she understands that women’s clothes are under scrutiny in a way men’s clothes may never be, and she has developed a sense of humor about her style (look to her first Instagram post for proof ).
However, the smart piece misses an important point: A Ralph Lauren suit does not send an “inaccessible” message to the American public. As far as the average voter is concerned, Ralph Lauren is Theory is Armani is Diane von Furstenberg. The suit is streamlined and absent of logos and overt labels. Without news coverage about the suit’s designer, most voters wouldn’t know the difference or the cost.
What’s more important than the designer of the suit is its authenticity to the candidate. Dressing an almost-70-year-old former Secretary of State in the same Theory suit her 30-something staffer wears would be a complete miss – and disingenuous (And let’s remember that a $700 Theory suit is not accessible to most voters, either). For women candidates in particular, clothing must be authentic and appropriate. Hillary’s choice of perfectly tailored, bold blue separates hits both marks. And besides, politics is theater. We can’t expect a candidate running in a billion-dollar election to do so in Payless shoes.
Let’s be honest: She’d get flack for wearing a suit from Ann Taylor (too pandering) or Ralph Lauren (too privileged). It’s really not about the suit at all.
Clip of the Week
Hillary has fought for access to quality, affordable health care for more than 25 years. She’ll continue to defend the Affordable Care Act to keep this promise for every American. (6/29/15)