Here She Comes…. for the hundredth time

The Miss America contest, founded in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sept. 8, 1921, turns 100 this week. Just one of the minor perks of patriarchy, the annual pageant requires women vying for education scholarships to stiletto and twirl across stage in gowns and bathing suits. Let it be noted that Miss America stripped the bathing suit competition from the agenda in 2018 as a way to signal its commitment to the empowerment of women. Then again, how do you compete with Miss U.S.A, owned by Trump until 2015, who vowed during a Howard Stern interview to “get the bathing suits to be smaller and the heels to be higher.”