Hair, husbands, hemlines: being a woman in politics

By Hannah Shirley
LENOX—Jane Swift remembers it like a picture – 2001. She was pregnant, and she had recently become the first woman governor of Massachusetts.
She was giving a speech to a group of inner-city school children, and there was a third-grade girl sitting in the front row who giggled the entire time.
“So, after I finished, I went up to her and said, ‘you have to tell me what’s so funny!’” Swift recalled. “And she said, ‘They told me you’re the governor,’ and I said, ‘I am the governor.’”

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