Sunday 24 September 2017

Mary Kenny: Hits and missus

'Mrs' has made a comeback for the modern woman

Mary Kenny
Mary Kenny

We can now foretell, with some certainty, that Mrs Clinton will be elected the next President of the United States in the autumn. Yes, "Mrs" Clinton. That's how the American media often now refers to her. Sometimes, it can be "Hillary". And sometimes, especially in headlines, it can just be "Clinton". But once details of her policies are outlined, texts refer to the Mrs. The New York Times is very insistent on Hillary being dignified with the moniker, "Mrs Clinton".

That leader of all fashion trends, Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post, Tweeted her support recently. "I'm with Mrs Clinton," she wrote.

It's interesting, this revival and reclaiming of the honorific "Mrs". For a long while, Mrs was banished as archaic and patriarchal, and every woman became 'Ms'.

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