A woman’s place is in the House…

When they showed us this picture in class I immediately recognized the shirt. I saw it during this past mid-term elections and it’s one of my favorites. I thought it was a new concept until I learned the first time somebody had worn it (that’s been recorded) was back in the ’80s by former Florida Rep. Carrie P. Meek. ⠀

The sexist remark “a woman’s place is at home” or “…in the house” dates back to when women were fighting for the right to vote in the mid-1800’s. Fast forward to 1976 when Anna Belle Clement O’Brien was running for state senator in Tennessee using “A woman’s place is in the House…and Senate too!” as her campaign slogan. A witty way of turning the sexist phrase around and giving it a new connotation. Whoever came with it is a genius. ⠀

Carrie was photographed using this shirt in 1980 when she was a state representative and just before she became a state senator for Florida. A prophetic shirt! Fun fact: In 1992, she became the first African American to represent Florida in Congress since reconstruction. ⠀