Popular culture items from the 20th
age has interpreted Elizabeth according to their own views about women.
Today, we admire women who are able to succeed through their wits and hard
work as she did. We also like the power and glitz that often come with success.
Elizabeth provides both. Alan Axelrod uses her political savvy to offer
lessons for the corporate boardroom in his book Elizabeth I CEO,
while Glenda Jackson and Cate Blanchett feed our appetite for historic costume
drama in their film representations of the queen. We give our daughters
Elizabeth dolls to play with, perhaps hoping that they will someday grow
up to be successful women. The red hair, white face and ruff have become
such a culture icon that we recognize it even in a rubber duck. Fortunately,
however, "custom" cannot stale her "infinite variety"
and Elizabeth remains the once and future English queen.
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