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Women in Legislature Celebrate Tax Day Through Colorful Hats
April 15, 2002
By: JiaoJiao Shen
State Capital Bureau
Easter's over, but women in the legislature were wearing their bonnets to celebrate tax day. JiaoJiao Shen has more from Jefferson City.
Straw hats, linen hats, cowboy hats, and even construction hats decorated the House floor Monday as women celebrated the end of the two-thousand and one tax season.
The idea popped up last week when Representative Juanita Walton of St. Louis County thought it would be fun to wear hats in the House.
Hat day on Tax Day it was.
Most of the women in the House were more than happy to show-off and have a little fun.
Representative Connie Cierpiot of Independence liked the idea of wearing hats to work.
But wearing the hat to cover a bad hair day did cause some problems.
Representative Judy Berkstresser of Southwest Missouri thought it was a little distracting to wear something on her head.
But overall, most of the women didn't find the hats too distracting.
In fact, most of them enjoyed admiring each other's colorful addition to their daily apparel.
Representative Betty Thompson of St. Louis County says wearing a hat on the floor didn't decrease her ability to pay attention.
Even the men didn't find the hats distracting.
Representative Ralph Monaco of suburban Kansas City says he doesn't mind the hats so much, although he was a little confused when he first saw them.
Some of the men even wanted to make this a hat day for men and women.
Representative Walton says a few men wanted to wear hats of their own.
Representative Monaco agrees.
It is just a ladies thing.
Looking good was a criteria for some of the hats. But other women just didn't care much about their hat.
Representative Susan Phillips isn't a huge fan of hats, but wore one anyway.
Phillips may not have put a lot of thought into her hat, but other representatives did.
Representative Jane Cunningham of St. Louis County wanted to do something different so she wore a unique black old-fashioned hat with a veil.
Others had different ideas when they were deciding what hat to wear on Tax Day.
Representative Thompson made her decision based on her outfit of the day.
Overall, hat day on tax day was a success.
The majority of women in the House wore their decorative hats and caught a lot of attention.
Representative Esther Haywood of St. Louis County said the women just went back to being little girls again.
So women can look good and deliver.
But can men do the same?
At least one representative said he expects there should be a men's hat day before the end of the month.
From Jefferson City, I'm JiaoJiao Shen