Pantsuit Power Dressing

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From suffragists to Grace Jones to Hillary Clinton, the pantsuit has at once been a symbol bucking feminine norms and conforming to masculine ones. Cristen and Caroline trace the history of the power suit and ask why such a seemingly simple fashion has the power to embolden and enrage.

Episode Sources:

"Why the pantsuit?"

"Dana Scully and the sisterhood of the traveling pantsuit"

"The look of power: How women have dressed for success"

"The fascinating history of women wearing suits"

"The history of the power suit"

"The revolutionary history of the pantsuit"

"Women who prefer men's wear"

Academic Insights:

"Dressed to impress: A quantitative analysis of the communicative role of female fashion in the workplace." Samantha J. Sulzer. Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 1003. 2012.

"'The woman in the zoot suit: Gender, nationalism and the cultural politics of memory,' by Catherine S. Ramirez." Maria Angela Diaz. Kalfou. Vol. 1, Iss. 1. Spring 2014.

"Sex and Suits: The Evolution of Modern Dress." Anne Hollander. Alfred A. Knopf. 1994.