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What did I learn today - A Fashion Faux Pas

Today I learned I am making a fashion faux pas, but apparently I am in very good company.    Hilary Clinton is one of the most powerful and well known women in the entire world.  Hillary Clinton and I both wear “scrunchies”.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the styling mechanisms of long hair, a scrunchie is a fabric covered elastic used to secure hair into a pony tail, a bun, a knot or any configuration pulled away from the face.  The Globe and Mail posted a blog entry this week about Mrs. Clinton’s hair styles, stating that the “scrunchies” she uses to keep her hair looking tidy as she exits an airplane are “downright embarrassing for her aides”.  

Hilary Clinton is a graduate of Yale Law School, she cofounded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, was the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation and was the first female partner at her law firm.  She was listed not once, but twice as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States.  She lobbied for Children’s welfare programs as First Lady and survived the Lewinsky scandal.  She was elected as New York Senator and named as Obama’s Secretary of State.  Her politics aside, she is a brilliant and powerful woman.  Too bad she wears “scrunchies”.

Everyday, as I pull my hair into a bun and secure it with a scrunchie, I will think of Mrs. Clinton.  I will accept the fact that we are jointly making a fashion faux pas, and I will rejoice that women much smarter than I am are making the same faux pas.  I won’t give up my scrunchies, but I will suggest Mrs. Clinton give up aides who focus on her hair, not her work.

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