A shirt that was once banned could be making a comeback due to our recent political climate.
This week, Hillary Clinton made history as the first female nominee of a major political party.
Just 21 years ago a t-shirt predicted this moment and it was taken off the racks at Wal-Mart.
Back in 1995 a shirt that featured Margaret from the “Dennis the Menace” comic strip saying “Someday a woman will be PRESIDENT!” However, when one Wal-mart shopper was offended by the shirt’s message, the store removed it from the shelves, according to Mashable.
According to the article, which was written by the Associated Press, “A Walmart spokeswoman said the company stopped selling the shirts at the only store that had them after one customer complained.”
The shirt was sold at Wal-mart’s in Miramar, Florida. The person who designed it was 70-year-old psychologist, Ann Moliver Ruben. Her response to the Wal-Mart’s reaction to the complaint was, “that promoting females as leaders is still a very threatening concept in this country.”
According to the Chicago Tribune‘s December 1995 coverage of the incident, the shirt was restocked four months later due to women’s groups threatening to boycott Wal-mart. “Wal-mart quickly announced they had ‘made a mistake’ and “overreacted,'” the Tribune wrote.
In order to save the situation, Walmart held a welcome-back ceremony at the Miramar store to celebrate restocking 360 of the shirts, and the company also reportedly ordered 30,000 of the shirts for its stores across the US.
At least one good thing came out of the situation: As reported by the Chicago Tribune, Ann Moliver Ruben believed the controversy helped promote the shirt, which she created to inspire young girls and increase their self-esteem.
Kapur uncovered this issue at a relevant time, considering that Hillary Clinton is the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. Wonder what Ruben would think of this monumental moment? We think she would be proud.