Episode #2: Women’s Bodies, Part II

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WHAT WOMEN WEAR: On performative scruffiness, feminist selfies and what women wear to parliament. Or: pantsuits, pussy-bow blouses and Frida Kahlo.

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SHOWNOTES:

 Tony Blair's first cabinet, with Margaret Beckett (front row) and Harriet Harman wearing red. Other women in the photo are: Clare Short, Mo Mowlam and Ann Taylor (all top row).

Tony Blair's first cabinet, with Margaret Beckett (front row) and Harriet Harman wearing red. Other women in the photo are: Clare Short, Mo Mowlam and Ann Taylor (all top row).

 1929 photo of female Labour MPs, including Mary Agnes Hamilton (top right) whose shoes might very well be red… Ellen Wilkinson is in the front row, second from the right.   From the National Portrait Gallery's collection

1929 photo of female Labour MPs, including Mary Agnes Hamilton (top right) whose shoes might very well be red… Ellen Wilkinson is in the front row, second from the right. From the National Portrait Gallery's collection

Poem on a Male Colleague’s Thoughts on My Clothing

You really don’t need
To dress up, you know.
I mean, I don’t worry
About that sort of thing.
Had Barbara not screwed up before a leadership election, rather than in Mrs Thatcher’s case, 10 or 11 years after she’d become Prime Minister, Barbara could have easily have been Labour leader, and probably Labour Prime Minister.
— Jack Straw, Reflections with Peter Hennessy, BBC Radio4, 10 November 2013
 Follow Bim at @ bimadew

Follow Bim at @bimadew

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Charlotte recommends Double Love – the podcast on the Sweet Valley High books by Anna Carey and Karyn Moynihan. Listen via Headstuff; follow on Twitter @svhpodcast
  • Emma recommends Reasons to be Cheerful – the podcast by Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd on good ideas that could save us all (plus indiscreet Westminster anecdotes). Listen via Libsyn; follow on Twitter @CheerfulPodcast.

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