Some women love to wear high heels and others can’t even imagine putting a pair on. Whatever your preference may be, the choice should be yours. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Whether working at a restaurant, in an office, or strolling the red carpet, women are standing up and speaking out against ridiculous sexist dress codes that require them to wear high heels.
It started a couple of weeks ago when a photo of a restaurant server’s bloody feet showed up on Facebook. According to the post, the woman was working in a Canadian chain restaurant that requires female employees to wear heels during their shift, unless they are medically restricted.
After the post went viral, the corporate office responded that they had actually changed their dress code a few months back, but the information wasn’t properly distributed to their partners and employees. Now women are allowed to wear shoes of any height they choose.
Just a week later, Nicola Thorp made headlines when after showing up to her new job as a receptionist in flat shoes, the company sent her home without pay for not wearing heels between 2”-4”.
After learning that it is in fact legal for employers to impose a dress code in the workplace that includes requiring high heels, Nicola started a petition to make it illegal for companies to force women to wear high heels to work, which has accrued nearly 150,000 signatures.
“I started this petition because I was outraged that in 2016, employers still have the right to make women wear heels against their will in the workplace,” she said in interview with BBC. “A woman deserves the choice to wear smart heels or smart flats, whichever is more comfortable or practical for work. Current formal work dress codes are out-dated and sexist.”
— New York Times Arts (@nytimesarts) May 17, 2016
Continuing with this trend, last week, Julia Roberts made a bold statement at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival when she kicked off her shoes and went barefoot on the red carpet at the premiere of her new film. This bit of rebellion was an f-you to festival organizers who last year famously turned women away who were wearing flats instead of heels. Way to go Julia!
The point is this…many women, in many jobs around the world are forced to adhere to strict, and often sexist dress codes, and that’s just not okay. Bravo to these women for standing up and speaking out!
While we are on the topic of high heels, check out this hilarious video of men putting themselves in the shoes of their female colleagues…