HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Suit Yourself

Posted June 25, 2010 at 10:52am

Usually an empty suit is a bad thing. But not when it comes to the House-Senate showdown over who can donate more used professional clothes for low-income women.

The Dress for Success Challenge pits the two chambers against one another to see which can come up with more donations that will eventually wind up on the backs of women entering the workforce — many for the first time.

Honorary Chairwoman Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) will issue the challenge to her House-side sisters at a Tuesday kickoff event. Organizers say they will keep a tally the “gently used” suits, blouses, bags and other professional attire (think of what women might wear to a job interview) and announce which chamber gave the most.

The suit drive, sponsored by FedEx, will take place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at two locations: on the House side at the Capitol South Metro stop and on the Senate side at the Reserve Officers Association building.

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