People on social media have been debating whether women should have to wear high heels and make-up at work, after a report by MPs found that businesses are leaving women in pain by enforcing discriminatory dress codes.
While some say it is important to look smart, and that women in certain jobs should have to do so by wearing high heels and make-up, others say such a stance is discriminatory and point out that men don’t have to wear similarly restrictive clothing.
Piers Morgan has been among those to weigh in on the report, which was commissioned after a London receptionist, Nicola Thorp, went to the press after being fired from a temporary job last year for not wearing high heels, which she said were painful.
Her parliamentary petition on the issue gained more than 150,000 signatures.
Morgan was accused of sexism by social media users after the daytime television host said he “likes women to wear high heels at work”.
Here’s how social media has reacted to the news.
I like women wearing heels at work. Does that make me sexist?@GMB
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 25, 2017
Because anyone who has worn high heels for an extended period of time agrees they are painful.
Petition to make @piersmorgan wear my heels all day and see how he likes it
— Holly Wood (@hollydolly_) January 25, 2017
His co-host Susanna Reid shared a response she seemed to enjoy
Heels at work…. pic.twitter.com/Vpy8T9oISp
— Susanna Reid (@susannareid100) January 25, 2017
The Women and Equalities Select Committee weighed in
— Maria_Miller (@MariaMillerUK) January 25, 2017
Are school uniforms for girls more uncomfortable?
As we're on sexist dress codes, logical to talk about how much less comfortable girls' school uniforms are than boys'. Especially shoes.
— Sally Peck (@mathildeny) January 25, 2017
Sarah Wood said they are a ‘dinosaur dress code’
High heels are dinosaur dress code & ought to be extinct in modern workplace – thx @bbc5live for having me on this morning!
— Sarah Wood (@sarahfwood) January 25, 2017
Should women have to learn a new way to walk in order to work?
— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) January 25, 2017
High heels aren’t suitable for every workplace
— Nicolaj David Larsen (@NDLarsen) January 25, 2017
Many have tweeted about the comfortable shoes they wear to work
— Julie Tweedale (@FpsJulie) January 25, 2017
Others have said they like their high heels
— Katharine Michelle (@kathcott) January 25, 2017
Men have pointed out they get quite warm in summer
Does having to wear suit and tie in summer count as sexist dress code against men ? #dresscode
— nick (@rednw100) January 25, 2017