The lawmakers said they heard from hundreds of women “who told us about the pain and long-term damage caused by wearing high heels for long periods in the workplace, as well as from women who had been required to dye their hair blonde, to wear revealing outfits and to constantly reapply makeup.”The committee also heard from the College of Podiatry, which said women who wear high heels for long periods of time have “reduced balance, reduced ankle flexion and weaker muscle power in the calf,” and are prone to disabling pain.
Next, we explain the most problematic features of those policies, which include a) requirements that test-based measures constitute fixed, non-negotiable weight in final decisions, b) that test-based measures are used to place teachers into categories of effectiveness by applying numerical cutoffs beyond the precision or accuracy of the available data, and c) that professional judgment is removed from personnel decisions by legislating (or regulating) specific actions be taken when teachers fall into certain performance categories.
Her employment agency, Portico, had a dress code specifying that female workers must wear non-opaque tights, have hair with “no visible roots,” wear “regularly re-applied” makeup — and appear in shoes with a heel between 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) high. She started an online petition, calling formal workplace dress codes “outdated and sexist.” It has gathered more than 150,000 signatures, making it eligible for a debate in Parliament.
Thorp told the BBC that “dress codes should reflect society.”“Twenty years ago, women weren’t allowed to wear trousers in the same role that I’m doing now,” she said.
(Kevin Baxter)“We have strong conservative backing, there is no question about that,” Riggs said of the testing initiative.
But he pointed to the bipartisan coalition that helped pass the measure in Arizona, including prominent Democrats.