Sexism on heels

Sexism on heels

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Unrealistic workplace dress codes

Nicola Thorp is a 27-year-old based in the London. She was sent home in a temp job for not wearing high heels.

The event happened in December last year, however after a couple of months and some sharing of her situation, Thorp took the situation into her own hands and started a petition. The goal was to get enough signatures for this issue to be deliberated in parliament.

It’s actually very sad that in 2016 woman are still required to wear high hells or even make-up. The problem is that it’s an imposition and not a choice, which turns the situation unacceptable for women nowadays.

When she confronted her employer about why she couldn’t do her job in flats, she was laughed at and sent home without payment.

Everybody knows that workplace dress code is a real thing, and in some situations it makes all the sense in the world, but why make a woman feel uncomfortable for nine hours when she is able to do the exact same job in a much more comfortable way.

Sadly, this is truly a problem that all women can relate to. If a woman doesn’t wear make-up the automatic question is “are you sick?” or “are you ok?” or “you don’t look good”. These questions make us feel bad. If we don’t wear make-up the assumption is that you don’t look good so that makes us wear cosmetics everyday so we can feel that we are at our best at all time.

We must remember that we are now in the 21st century and that kind of work bulling is not acceptable now or ever. So if you too as a woman feel the pressure to doll up, just because the corporate system tells you to, please sign the petition and make your workplace is a better and much more comfortable one to work in.


  1. This article has some of the most atrocious grammar and coverage I’ve ever seen. I’m not attacking the writer personally, but the misplacement of commas, basic spelling errors, even though there aren’t too many, all together make it difficult to read.

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