A T-shirt designer back in 1995 made a Walmart shirt that featured Dennis the Menace’s Margaret, saying, “Someday a woman will be PRESIDENT!”
After the T-shirt was stocked, a shopper at Walmart felt offended by the message written on it. The store removed it from the shelves, and a complaint was made. According to Mashable, Professor Nick Kapur brought back the issue at a relevant time. This is because Hillary Clinton is the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.
The “offensive” Walmart shirt story is celebrating its 21st birthday. However, the story came back into light this week when Professor Kapur tweeted screenshots of the original newspaper report.
The story landed on the September 23, 1995 edition of The Tuscaloosa News, which first wrote about the apparently offensive shirt. The shirt was designed by a psychologist named Ann Moliver Ruben. She was 70 years old in 1995.
In 1933, Ruben said that according to her cousin, a girl could never be president. While practicing as a psychologist in Pittsburgh, Ruben was studying how children viewed women leaders in the 1990s.
It was at that time she came across a Dennis the Menace comic strip on a Sunday newspaper. In the episode of the renowned strip, a young, curly-haired feminist named Margaret stated, “Someday a woman will be president!”
The next thing Ruben did was put the slogan on T-shirts and sell them to a Walmart store in Florida. It was reported by Washington Post that after taking it off from the shelves, Walmart said that “the message went against their philosophy of family values.”
Ruben was saddened by the ordeal. She believed that Walmart proved that promoting women as leaders was a very “threatening concept” in this country.
However, after a while, things changed. The Chicago Tribune reported that the Walmart shirt was restocked. This was because women’s groups started threatening to boycott Walmart.