“ ...To put this the other way round, we have no template for what a powerful woman looks like, except that she looks rather like a man. The regulation trouser suits, or at least the trousers, worn by so many Western female political leaders, from Merkel to Clinton, may be convenient and practical; they may be a signal of the refusal to become a clothes horse, which is the fate of so many political wives; but they’re also a simple tactic – like lowering the timbre of the voice – to make the female appear more male, to fit the part of power.?“
— From “Women in Power” at lrb.co.uk
Which country has the longest coastline?
Wisdom of the ages
“I must study politics and war that my son may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.” — John Adams
“Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with.”
Actress Emma Watson, on International Women’s Day
Canada, at 151,600 miles.
demesne (dih-MEYN), n. — land attached to a manor and retained for the owner’s own use; that lands of an estate, as in: “The editorial writer was so lazy that his demesne looked like a wildlife preserve.”
Today in history
On this day in 1918, Moscow became the capital of revolutionary Russia; well, that didn’t work out too well for the rest of the world, did it?
Now you know
The term “blonde” came from French and kept its masculine and feminine forms; consequently, as a noun, “blond” is a fair-haired male, while “blonde” is a fair-haired female.