Whether generated by poets, politicians, priests or plebeians, through the course of history few things have moved the human soul and spirit like the written word — an acknowledgment made by author Edward Bulwer-Lytton via his character Cardinal Richelieu, who said: "The pen is mightier than the sword."
One of the bazillion bits of evidence that stands as a testament to the power of the written word comes from the first line of the English poet Jenny Joseph’s "Warning," in which she writes: "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn’t suit me."
Inspired by Joseph’s poem, Sue Ellen Cooper of Fullerton, encouraged by a handful of friends, established the Red Hat Society in the late-1990s. Today, the organization that promotes bonding and social interaction among women over 50 boasts over 40,000 chapters. Overseen by chapter presidents (known as "queens"), Red Hat Society chapters have sprung up in 30 foreign countries and every corner of the United States, including the local group known as the Burbank Beauties.