MUSES: battling bella

Today’s fashion inspiration comes from an unlikely source — Bella Abzug. Feminist, fashion plate, leader, lawyer, US representative, Zionist…. – Battling Bella wore many hats. Literally.

As a young New York attorney in the 1940’s Bella wore wide-brimmed hats around the offices of Pressman, Witt & Cammer so as to not be mistaken for a secretary. They quickly became her trademark, long after receiving the appropriate accolades and attention. Her 1970 campaign slogan was inspired, just like her headwear choices.

” A WOMAN’S PLACE IS IN THE HOUSE – THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES”

“I started wearing hats as a young lawyer because it helped establish my identity. Before that, whenever I was at a meeting, someone would ask me to get coffee.”

I am big advocate of women, and women in hats especially. How are you wearing hats to command respect and attention these days?

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