Who wears the trousers in your relationship?
Throughout the ages many a strong woman has donned a pair of men’s trousers – in both the metaphorical and the material sense.
Here’s our round-up of some pretty formidable ladies who feel right at home in a pair of slacks.
Hull lass Amy Johnson appreciated a pair of warm trousers in 1930, when she flew single-handed from Britain to Australia at the tender age of 26.
Sadly this pioneering aviatrix died in the line of duty delivering a plane as part of the war effort in 1941.
German actress and singer Marlene Dietrich wore men’s suits on stage and screen.
A vocal anti-Nazi, she abandoned Germany for the US in 1939. Dietrich played for the Allied troops on the frontline throughout the war and was awarded the Légion d’honneur for her bravery.
Wallis Simpson – ‘that woman’ – was the American divorcée, fashionista and socialite for whom Edward VIII gave up his throne.
Simpson’s sartorial elegance made her a fashion icon of her era, even if her politics and morals were decidedly questionable.
Ranked one of the most powerful women of the 20th century by Time Magazine, trouser-wearing Madonna continues her campaign of world domination in this century.
She is the world’s best selling female recording artist, ever, and the most talked about celebrity of the last decade.
Singer, songwriter, activist and philanthropist, Annie Lennox is a passionate woman of many talents.
Dressed in a city suit, with orange, cropped hair and the face of an angel, Lennox questioned the nature of femininity in the ‘80s.
Jamaican Jones is far from your average ‘singer/actress/model’.
With some outstanding music under her belt and an amazingly sculpted body – even now aged 64 – Grace is still a force to be reckoned with.
Queen of the trouser suit, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has served in politics for over 20 years.
Having survived the Lewinsky scandal with her dignity intact, Clinton has proved herself an extraordinary diplomat, politician and wife.
Queen Elizabeth II
Ok, so we admit this is a rare photo of the Queen wearing a pair of trousers. Elizabeth II prefers skirts to slacks, even when jumping out of a helicopter with James Bond.
But as the nation’s figurehead for the last 60 years we figure she deserves a metaphorical entry in our list.