You go, Hillary!

I think this (i.e., what Hillary says here) is awesome:

On a stop in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Clinton appeared with no makeup, natural hair, and glasses – and she made no apologies.

Published pictures from the trip have sparked a flurry of articles opinions about her looks. Comments have ranged from Clinton looks “like a schoolgirl” to she looks “tired and withdrawn.”

Clinton, responding to the controversy on CNN, said, “I feel so relieved to be at the stage I’m at in my life right now, Jill, because if I want to wear my glasses, I’m wearing my glasses. If I – you know, want to pull my hair back, I’m pulling my hair back. And, you know, at some point, it’s just not – it’s just not something that deserves a whole lot of time and attention. If others want to worry about it, I’ll let them do the worrying for a change.”

What’s not awesome is that there’s a flurry of media activity/controversy about the matter.  The media obsession with the physicial appearance of female politicians, relative to male politicians, remains one of the most pervasive and problematic biases that women in politics face.  Good for Hillary for standing up to it.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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