For nearly 100 years, the Miss America competition has defined the ideal of what it is to be an American woman. That ideal is about to change.
The most notable change is that the bathing suit portion will be removed from future Miss America pageants.
Frankly, I think it’s about time. While the Miss America competition has the best of intentions, its a little outdated from my perspective. While I’m sure the contestants are intelligent and capable women, we have to be honest with ourselves. We are not judging these women on what they can accomplish, we are judging them on how they look (especially in a bikini). In 2018, that should not be the message that our daughters are still receiving.
While I very much appreciate the changes that will be made to the competition, I have a feeling that the dent in the glass ceiling will not be much of a dent at all.