While scrolling through Facebook, certain articles will catch the reader’s eye. This article in particular caught my eye right away. It states that Mike Allen, an old Politico Reporter, claimed that President Trump wants the women he works with to “dress like a woman.” In today’s culture, this seems like a terrible thing to think, let alone say. However, this shows an example of how people thought in the past.
This phrase can be connected to Laura Ingalls Wilder from Little House on the Prairie, which was set in the 1800s. Laura and her two sisters wear dresses all the time. If the girls were to wear something else, they would be considered “unladylike” and their mother would probably tell them to change. Both the women President Trump works with, and the girls in the Little House on the Prairie stories are under the close watch of their superiors to dress a certain way.
The term “girlhood” in the Keywords essay is also related to the phrase “dress like a woman.” In the essay by Jacqueline Reid-Walsh, “girlhood” is related to “apparel” by suggesting that the word “girl” was taken from the old word “gyrela.” If we believe this to be true, then to be a “girl” you must dress like one. This belief can be shown by the statement, “dress like a woman,” and by Laura and Mary always wearing dresses and never anything else, like pants. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/03/style/trump-women-dress-code-white-house.html?_r=0