A Yankee in a Southern Belle’s Court

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Hillary Rodham looked nothing like other political wives in the state, preferring makeup-free skin to a Merle Norman mask.

Now that Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox is officially out in the book stores and online, and since many of the essayists are regular contributors here at The Broad Side, we thought we’d give our readers little bites of the essays through the month of November. If you like what you’re reading here from your favorite – or new- writers, please consider supporting us by purchasing a copy. Believe us, whether you ‘love Hillary or love her not’, there is plenty of thoughtful, fun and interesting writing here you won’t want to miss.

Today, an appetizer from Suzi Parker’s essay, “A Yankee in a Southern Belle’s Court”:

Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on my radar at a young age.

That’s because she arrived in my home state of Arkansas as a brazen Yankee Yale graduate when I was five-years-old and turned it upside down. She may have been a young woman in love with an Arkansas boy, but she wasn’t a Southern belle interested in lady luncheons at the country club. Hillary had another agenda, and it was much more than just a another political wife.

She wanted to be a force.

She fully splashed onto the landscape and the front pages of my state’s two daily newspapers when her husband ran for Arkansas attorney general in 1976. She looked nothing like other political wives in the state, preferring makeup-free skin to a Merle Norman mask. Her massive hooty glasses covering her face made her look serious, studious, and anything but sexy. Arkansas women shuddered at what they perceived as her lack of womanliness in their bows-and-blush world.

She didn’t care. Why should she? Even in high school in Illinois, she was referred to as “Sister Frigidaire,” and as an undergraduate at the prestigious all-woman’s Wellesley College, she intimidated her peers, according to a 1993 New Yorker profile on the Clintons. In the land of moonlight, magnolias and sugary sweetness, she was seen as a feminist carpetbagger who had unfairly snatched an eligible bachelor from beauty queens.

That image set the stage for Hillary’s tumultuous time in Arkansas.

To read more of Suzi’s essay, pick up a copy of Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox, an Amazon #1 New Release, from your local bookstore or preferred online bookseller. #hillaryparadoxbook

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