LocationThe Women's Museum Gift Shop 3800 Parry Ave. Dallas, TX 75226
Is there a better time to be a woman? Nowadays, ladies are doing all sorts of things that were traditionally left to the menfolk. We’re running for president and losing. We’re attempting to take away a woman’s right to choose. And we’re in space so often that no one even bothers to learn the names of female astronauts—just like their male counterparts. That’s equality! And nowhere is the celebration of how far we’ve come more evident than at the gift shop at the Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future.
At what is possibly the most politically incorrect gift shop on record—a new record, go for it ladies!—you can celebrate your PhD with the purchase of a red straw cowboy hat adorned with a rhinestone tiara spelling out your alma mater. We all know an annoying girly girl; why not surprise her with a pink “High Maintenance” sign? Or, if she tips a few too many, how about a wooden “Wine Chick” plaque? And for the ball-breaker in your life, we’re thinking napkins. The Women’s Museum features napkins with an array of empowering messages, such as S.L.U.T.S. (Southern Ladies Up to Something) and B.R.A.T. (Beautiful, Rich, and Thin). On our last visit, it was just so gratifying to see a local Girl Scout troop getting inspired by these towelettes. It’s never too early for girl power!
So the next time you want to celebrate just how great it is to be a woman, Dallas has just the answer. Susan B. Anthony once said, “Failure is impossible.” Boring! Thank God she didn’t go into snappy napkin writing.
Photos: Laura Kostelny