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Shoe discrimination

Woman who was fired for refusing to wear heels gets enough signatures to try and outlaw the rule

By WITW Staff on June 28, 2016

Nicole Thorp is standing tall without her high heels. The British writer who was turned away from a job as a receptionist at PriceWaterhouseCoopers because she refused to wear heels that were between two and four inches, and then complained that men weren’t being held to the same standard, has collected more than 148,000 signatures in a bid to make it illegal for employers to require women to wear heels at work. She is delivering that petition to Parliament on Tuesday.

Thorp wrote in an essay in The Telegraph that high heels were designed to sexualize a woman’s figure and gait, not make her look more professional or powerful. She criticized a newly-launched program in Japan called the Japan High Heel Association that trains women how to walk in high heels  and costs thousands of dollars.

“That anyone can think this is a good idea in 2016 is mind-boggling. That it takes six months to teach women to walk in stilettoes should be sign enough that this isn’t a good idea,” she writes. “Once again, the focus is being taken away from a woman’s ability to do her job and instead has been firmly fixed on what she looks like while doing it.”

Thorp said that is it time to change the outdated mode of thinking about women in heels and time, in face, “to change the system, not the shoes.”
Read the full story at The Telegraph.