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Librarian Seeking Strong Silhouettes

Chanel Fall 2019 Couture Suits
Librarian seeking bold colors, rich textures and strong silhouettes to fill my closet for the season. 
Chanel Fall 2019 Couture Suits
This easily could have been the classified ad verbiage for a woman ready to wear the Chanel Fall 2019 couture collection. The designs were at once rooted in history, stylish and luxurious. The show was presented in front of a backdrop of books, making it easy to imagine a librarian, professor or take-charge business woman wearing the designs. 
Chanel Fall 2019 Couture Suits

Chanel Fall 2019 Couture Suits

Branding Queen

Alexander McQueen fall 2013 runway queen Elizabeth I style
Alexander McQueen Fall 2013
Queen Elizabeth I continues to be recognized as one of the greatest leaders of her time. She ruled as a single woman on the throne of England from 1558-1603 in what has been labeled the golden era. While serving as Queen, she revolutionized the religious system by establishing the English Protestant church, resisted expectations to marry simply based on protocol, helped the arts blossom, expanded the territory and led one of England’s largest military victories. 
Alexander McQueen fall 2013 runway queen Elizabeth I style
Though historians can look back on leaders and analyze what they did to make them memorable or worth studying, Elizabeth was recognized within her lifetime and soon after her death for her greatness. What about her leadership style helped people of the Elizabethan era see the strengths of their Queen? 

Jackie Kennedy on the Runway

First Lady Jackie Kennedy fashion and style in dresses
Image Source: Evening Standard
When Jackie Kennedy arrived to the Whitehouse, she brought with her a sense of style that became synonymous with the 1960s. Her tailored suits, heels and pillbox hats became her stylish calling card that women across the world would copy then, and even now, sixty years later. 
Moschino fall 2018 runway suit

Jackie Kennedy Whitehouse 1960s suit
Image Source: Instyle

Moschino fall 2018 runway suit 1960s style 
As models sashayed down the Moschino Fall 2018 runway, they moved to a rhythm infused with the style of Jackie Kennedy and the 1960s era. Suits and pillbox hats took center stage, but were modernized with motocross details like zippers, belts and leather accessories.

Cup of Ambition

Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda in 9 to 5 movie
What started with a conversation and a united group of women inspired music, a movie and a movement. In the 1970s, when a few women began to share their work experiences with one another and their feelings of invisibility and disposability, they found an opportunity to come together for change. 
Dolly Parton in 9 to 5
Karen Nussbaum described to NPR how she and other women created an organization called 9to5. In era when men dominated the workplace and women were often limited to the role of secretary, such a step forward took courage. The group inspired the now classic movie “9 to 5” and the ubiquitous theme song by Dolly Parton. 
Jane Fonda in 9 to 5 movie
The song became an anthem for working women in a way that still holds power almost 50 years later. Though advances have been made by women in the corporate world, progress is still needed. Lyrics such as "They just use your mind and they never give you credit" and "They let you dream just to watch 'em shatter/You're just a step on the boss man's ladder" are still true for many women.

The Lift to New Heights

Melinda Gates Moment of Lift Book
“How can we summon a moment of lift for human beings--and especially for women? Because when you lift up women, you lift up humanity.” 

In Melinda Gates’ book, “The Moment of Lift,” she shares her journeys across the world.  Stories that are eyeopening, heartbreaking and uplifting come to life on the pages. What started as a mission to save children’s lives through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, evolved over the years to encompass helping and empowering women. Through years of study, travel and dialogue, Melinda underscores the fact that “primary causes of poverty and illness are the cultural, financial, and legal restrictions that block what women can do--and think they can do--for themselves and for their children.”