United States (GREED) – Women Representatives exercised their right to bare arms in the House of Representatives Friday, showing support for a push to modernize the House dress code. Controversy arose, according to The Hill, after women journalists were denied entry to the Speaker’s lobby for wearing sleeveless tops and/or open-toed shoes. Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, defended the sergeant-in-arms decision, based upon historical use of the dress code:
“The sergeant-at-arms was simply enforcing the same interpretation of the rules as under my predecessors. It’s nothing new and certainly not something that I devised. At the same time, that doesn’t mean that enforcement couldn’t stand to be a bit modernized,” Ryan said.
After the decision was ridiculed by women lawmakers, including Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Ryan made an announcement that he would work to modernize the dress code but that “decorum is important” and a “dress code makes sense.” In response, dozens of women in the House chose to bare arms.
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) July 14, 2017
— Rep. Roybal-Allard (@RepRoybalAllard) July 14, 2017
Supportive Twitter users also jumped on the #SleevelessFriday trend, posting images of powerful women showing their shoulders, including First Ladies Eleanor Roosevelt and Mamie Eisenhower.
— ☨☨ NEMESIS RESIST ☨☨ (@LaPajamasNC) July 14, 2017
— WhirlyMcDervish (@WhirlyMcDervish) July 14, 2017
It’s 2017. Women can make laws and their own decisions about decorum and dress as well. It is time to do away with an outdated dress code that bans otherwise professional business attire. Support the right of women to bare arms!
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