I posted earlier about this on Intlawgrrls, but am so offended that I felt the need to repost here. I am amazed that this story has gotten so little coverage. where is the outrage?
According to the Daily Mail
, and Marie Claire
, the law firm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
has been advising its female associates to "embrace their femininity" by wearing stilettos and skirts to work. This advice is apparently part of its efforts to help its staff "project a professional image in the workplace."
Twenty years after the United States found that this kind of gender stereotyping amounted to workplace discrimination, things clearly haven't changed very much. In Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, United States Supreme Court found that the advice given the Anne Hopkins for how she might make partner, suggesting that she "walk more femininely, talk more femininely, dress more femininely, wear make-up, have her hair styled, and wear jewelry"
amounted to unlawful discrimination on the basis of her gender.
Do you think that Freshfields will add this bit of sage fashion advice to the part of its website in which it touts the firm's committment to promoting equality and diversity
Besides, why limit the advice only to the female associates? Surely male associates will also benefit from the aura of professionalism apparently created through judicious use of stilettos?