My recent Law Times Speakers Corner column Gendered Dress Codes are Antiquated tackled an issue that’s been on my mind since my days as a law student: the great skirt suit vs pantsuit debate. This debate rears its ugly head every “On Campus Interview” or “OCI” season.
Here’s a snippet:
“… women deserve a job where they are respected. People who don’t like to hire women who wear pants to job interviews don’t like women. It doesn’t stop on call day.
Those people may judge a woman if the skirt she wears is too short or too long. They may quietly (even unconsciously) penalize her when she takes maternity leave after hire-back.
They may make snide comments about her leaving early to pick up her kid at daycare during her annual reviews. They will not invite her golfing. They may make inappropriate comments about her shoes, hair and cultural background until she can’t stand it anymore. They may say she is too aggressive or not aggressive enough for the job. There is no pleasing them.”
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