Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, 1977 at Viking Press offices
Olympia Snowe, 1977, at the Maine State Legislature
Three fabulous examples of style and substance at work. All three, pioneers who didn't feel the need to look like a man to win in a man's world. Thank heavens. There is something about this era and the emerging force of women in the workplace that still inspires today. That is, the 70s through early 80s, pre-giant shoulder pads and all things excess. Particularly inspiring are women like these three powerhouses that defied narrow definition: they wrote their own rules on all fronts. Their power comes from the combination of 'all this and brains'. It is curious, though, that for these three highly successful women, each with very different points of view and chosen career paths, it seems their style was besides the point. And yet, their style is such an essential part of what makes them stand out, even today. In fact, it is their particular combination of bold decisions and talents, style included, that makes us believe they, and ergo we, actually could bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, but never let you forget...well, you know the rest.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time Life Images/Getty Images; Gloria Steinem photo by Marianne Barcellona; Olympia Snowe photo care of Snowe.Senate.gov.