England has a new Prime Minister named Theresa May and everyone has a lot of opinions about her
policies shoes. May's love of kitten heels has been widely discussed, even though she's the Prime Minister of England and not your friend at brunch. Now, she is being asked by a delegate from an influential trade union to stop wearing her beloved high heels in order to "advance the cause for women in the workplace."
In summation: A woman in a powerful position is being told she can not wear the shoes she likes in order to "empower women"?? It's a riddle wrapped in sexist double standards inside an eye-rolling enigma. This is Theresa May, by the way, beginning her term in office and somehow not bringing up shoes:
At a conference of Trades Union Congress (TUC), a national trade union in the UK, members voted unanimously to make it illegal for employers to impose "sexist dress codes" forcing women to wear high heels. All well and good, because forcing women to wear heels is weird. Then, a delegate at the conference named Penny Robinson added an addendum that May should stop wearing high heels to make a statement to the public.
“Our new prime minister might be well known for her leopard-print kittens, her leather boots and of course her Jimmy Choos, but if she really wants to advance the cause for women in the workplace, there are two things she can do," said Robinson, who also removed her own high heels in protest. "The first is to make a point of wearing pumps, flats and comfortable shoes for her cabinet, PMQs and for meeting all those EU leaders."
Let the media see that you can be the most powerful woman in the country without needing to wear designer shoes to meet men’s expectations. Women are still expected to wear completely inappropriate shoes every day just to make sure that the right image is portrayed for the employer.
Personally, high heels make my feet feel like they're being tortured for information. But, I believe in a woman's right to choose her shoes. So I hope May told these delegates, kindly, to sashay away.