Babushka Brouhaha

Saturday, Jan. 16, 1943

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 9.30.43 AMWith all the serious issues facing them, constituents of Connecticut Representative Clare Boothe Luce still had the energy to berate her for wearing a scarf tied over her head. A picture of her in this headgear while seated on the capitol steps provoked local outrage because she represented Danbury – “the hat city.” But wearing of the babushka-like scarf became a national issue due to fears that this would promote Communism. Luce explained that members were not allowed to wear hats in the House of Representatives and she put on the scarf as she left. Hey, it is January!

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