Woman’s victory against mandatory high heel shoes


This 2018 video by two men from the USA says about itself:

Wearing HIGH HEELS for 24 Hours Challenge GONE WRONG…

THAT WAS AN AWFUL EXPERIENCE. So today, my brother and I tried to wear heels for 24 hours thinking it would be easy… But it was extremely painful and embarrassing.

Another video, from Britain, used to say about itself:

Temp sent home for not wearing 2-4 inch heels – Ria Chatterjee reports

11 May 2016

A City temp who was sent to a job at PwC (PriceWaterhouse Coopers) was dismissed for not wearing heeled shoes.

Nicola Thorp from Hackney refused and complained male colleagues were not asked to do the same, she was sent home without pay.

Ms Thorp said she asked if a man would be expected to do the same shift in heels, and was laughed at.

She has since set up a petition calling for the law to be changed so women cannot be forced to wear high heels to work. It has had more than 10,000 signatures, so the government will now have to respond.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

BOSSES BROUGHT TO HEEL

Saturday 14th May 2016

Mass shoe of solidarity with receptionist sent home for wearing flats, as anti-sexists put their foot down

WOMEN made a stand against sexist dress codes yesterday by flaunting their flat shoes in solidarity with a receptionist who was sent home without pay for refusing to wear high heels at work.

Temp receptionist Nicola Thorp was told that she had to go out and buy two-to-four-inch heels by an agency hiring on behalf of financiers PriceWaterhouseCoopers in December.

Ms Thorp said bosses laughed at her when she asked them if men were subject to the same rule.

The actor went on to set up a government petition against the practice this week which has received more than 126,000 signatures.

And she was backed yesterday by thousands of women who posted their footwear photos online under the popular hashtag #fawcettflatsFriday, set up by feminist charity the Fawcett Society, to show that they were hired for their skills rather than their pumps.

People refusing to toe the line included Labour MP Stella Creasy, who showed off her snakeskin-print slip-ons, and Women’s Equality Party (WEP) co-founder Catherine Mayer.

Fawcett Society chief executive Sam Smethers said: “It’s no surprise that requiring a woman to wear stilettos at work in 2016 has fallen flat.

“A dress code should be professional. It doesn’t have to be sexist. We should focus on what enables employees to do their jobs well, as four-inch heels are not essential to drive performance.”

Ms Thorp told the BBC: “I said to them: ‘If you can give me a reason as to why wearing flats would impair me to do my job today, then fair enough’, but they couldn’t.

“I was expected to do a nine-hour shift on my feet escorting clients to meeting rooms. I said I just won’t be able to do that in heels.”

Ms Thorp’s petition demands that women should have the option to wear flat formal shoes at work and criticises the “outdated and sexist” law that allows British companies to require female members of staff to wear high heels at work.

WEP party leader Sophie Walker said: “If men are not required to wear a certain type of heel to work, neither should women.”

And TUC women’s equality officer Scarlet Harris said: “A workplace policy forcing women to wear uncomfortable shoes which can cause permanent damage to feet and joints may be legal but that doesn’t mean it’s acceptable.

“This case highlights the sexism inherent in many workplace dress codes. Calling for workers to dress smartly is one thing but demanding that women workers look sexy is quite another.”

Outsourcing firm Portico previously defended its decision by saying that Ms Thorp had signed a dress code agreement. But it has since made a policy U-turn after Ms Thorp’s campaign attracted publicity.

WOMEN who joined the #fawcettfridayflats campaign yesterday struck a blow against discriminatory dress codes that force them into footwear that’s both painful and bad for their health: here.

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