Camille Palmer developed her technical skills from the first day of basic sewing class
at Stephens. A six-week summer internship at Jerell, a Dallas-based manufacturer
of apparel, opened her eyes to the possibility of making technical design her
For girls who are the bookworm sort - and any true devotee of the often 500-page-plus Potter books probably qualifies as one - Hermione is the kind of heroine who gives flight to their imaginations, who inspires and serves as a role model.
In 1998, voters in a focus group were asked to close their eyes and imagine what a governor should look like. "They automatically pictured a man," says Barbara Lee, whose foundation promoting women's political advancement sponsored the survey. "The kind you see in those portraits hanging in statehouse hallways."