Clinton makes cameo on ‘Madam Secretary’

Art and reality are merging for an all-new episode of CBS’ hit show, “Madam Secretary.”

According to Huffington Post, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton will take to the small screen for an episode of the show alongside other former secretaries of state, including Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell.

The episode the trio will star in will air on Oct. 7, says HuffPost, the show’s fifth season premiere, with fictional “Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (played by Téa Leoni) ask[ing] the three former secretaries of state for their advice on how to handle a fragile situation.”

As for the impact the three will make on the show, Executive Producer Lori McCreary said in a release that their presence is profound.

“Having three powerhouses of diplomacy agree to come on our show is awe-inspiring and humbling.”

#MeToo movement makes way for more female graduation speakers

Graduation from any level of education is significant, but this year, there is added meaning to the ceremonies.

According to the Associated Press, 2018 marks a milestone in U.S. college graduation exercises, as “the majority of the nation’s top colleges are featuring women as their spring commencement speakers” for the first time in at least two decades. The impetus behind the change? AP reports that industry experts are crediting the swing toward female speaks to the #MeToo movement that has reignited the flame of female empowerment in the United States and around the world.

And the increase in female commencement speakers this year is significant; AP reports that this year, “women account for nearly 60 percent of the speakers at the 25 schools that have the largest endowments and traditionally carry the clout to draw big names to the lectern.” In previous years, however, AP says women accounted for a mere quarter of the speakers at those same schools over the past 19 years.

While AP says that while some universities said the #MeToo movement didn’t specifically shape their decisions, companies hired to find commencement speakers said that they’ve seen a major increase in requests for women that correlated with the timing of the the #MeToo movement’s inception and takeoff.

“There’s been a much bigger push to bring in white females, black females — anyone other than a white male,” said Richard Schelp, owner of Executive Speakers Bureau.

So just who are some of the women speaking at graduations this year? For starters, Sheryl Sandberg will do the honors of delivering a commencement address at MIT, according to AP, while Dartmouth will host Mindy Kaling. Not to mention Amal Clooney will descend upon Vanderbilt, while AP says Hillary Clinton will return to her alma mater and speak at Yale’s commencement.



White-ing the way

On July 28, Hillary Clinton became the first female to ever receive and accept the nomination of a major party for the office of president of the United States. Despite the historic moment, many focused on her choice of an all-white pantsuit — and for good reason.

According to Glamour, Clinton “honored the suffragists of the early 1900s with her white outfit,” citing the New York Times who reported that white was “often worn by women in the suffrage movement of the 1910s during their demonstrations, the activists most likely believing the hue stood for the purity of their cause. (In America, they paired it with purple—representing loyalty—and gold; British suffragists wore it with purple and green.)”

Glamour also points out that when Geraldine Ferraro accepted her nomination as the first woman vice presidential candidate at the Democratic National Convention in 1984, she also wore an all-white ensemble.

Perhaps an even subtler reference was found by an ELLE reader, who shared with the magazine that “white is also the color worn by Wellesley students at graduation and at reunions” — and Clinton is a Wellesley class of 1969 alum.

No matter your politics, it’s safe to say that infusing fashion with history for such a significant occasion surely makes for an iconic moment that will be discussed for years to come.