Tell Us: Do Pretty Politicians Get Special Treatment?
Samantha Power is a hugely successful humanitarian. She teaches at Harvard (her alma mater), won a Pulitzer Prize, advocates justice for victims of genocide, and is a Special Assistant to the President on human rights issues (she works with the National Security Council). Andif you have ever read anything about her, you also know thisshe has killer hair.
Annoyed by the frequent references to Power's (albeit fantastic) auburn locks, Jezebel posted this op-ed piece today. We highly recommend you read the article, but if you don't, here's the big takeaway: despite her many successes, Power can't seem to escape descriptors like "femme fatale" on account of her above-average looks when written about by the mainstream press.
Is this fair? Like Beltway beauties before her, Power could resent that her mane (which she normally wears down and "flowing") overshadows her accomplishmentsor she could embrace it and use it to her advantage. Regardless, what do you think? Is it unfair when a woman's looks are referred (or even attributed) to her career advances? Or does it matter what her line of work is or how she styles her hair and makeup? Is it even possible for women to present themselves professionally without worrying about being labeled a beauty or a beast? We want to know.