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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-16-07 09:36 AM
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18. I agree - and I think that this is an area where our social rules get fuzzy.
In many ways, our culture hasn't caught up to the reality of the world. In the United States, it is unusual for a woman to be running for president (that alone shows how backward we are, since many other countries have and have had elected female leaders).

From the old-fashioned social etiquette point of view, Hillary Clinton is "Mrs. William J. Clinton, former First Lady."
As a woman in the 21st century, she is also "Ms. Clinton, or Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton."
Earlier in her career and marriage she, like many other married professional women, used her birth name: "Ms. Hillary Rodham."
As a U.S. Senator, she is "Senator Clinton, or Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton."

In the above roles, she would be expected to have the prerogative to extend her hand in a shake or not.

But as a presidential candidate, it's a bit awkward. In that milieu, she can be expected to be "one of the boys." Except that none of the other candidates are going to ignore that she is a woman AND a former First Lady. So it all gets a bit awkward.

Not surprising. Just a sign of how far our country's culture still has to go to acknowledge true women's equality.
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