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?" http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/08/youre-fashionable-enough-hillary/493877/

"Dana Scully and the sisterhood of the traveling pantsuit" http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/01/the-sisterhood-of-the-traveling-pantsuit-on-the-fashion-evolution-of-dana-scully/426549/

"The look of power: How women have dressed for success" http://www.npr.org/2014/10/20/356468554/the-look-of-power-how-women-have-dressed-for-success

"The fascinating history of women wearing suits" http://www.allure.com/story/women-suits-history

"The history of the power suit" http://www.levo.com/articles/fashion/power-suit-fashion-women

"The revolutionary history of the pantsuit" http://www.vice.com/read/the-history-of-the-pantsuit-456

"Women who prefer men's wear" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/fashion/mens-style/danielle-cooper-sara-geffrard-mens-wear.html

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. http://openworks.wooster.edu/independentstudy/1003/?show=full

"'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. https://tupjournals.temple.edu/index.php/kalfou/article/download/19/56

"Sex and Suits: The Evolution of Modern Dress." Anne Hollander. Alfred A. Knopf. 1994. https://books.google.com/books?id=Vmw6A8oZitAC&source=gbs_navlinks_s