Imagine: You go to your first day of work in the *post college real world* only to be abruptly sent home by your supervisor WITHOUT PAY because - wait for it - you weren't wearing heels.
This happened to Nicola Thorp, who we are tabbing Hunny of the Week for standing up to the sexist demands and creating a petition entitled "Make it illegal for a company to require women to wear high heels to work."
Sounds like a reasonable demand to me. I could barely manage prom in heels, let alone every single work day.
And we're not talking about a top model runway job, where heels are part of the profession. Thorp, who lives in London, is a receptionist for PwC, a corporate finance company. Her supervisor sent her home on her first day for wearing flats, demanding she have 2-4 inch heels for work.
In an interview with BBC Radio London, Thorp made it clear that she made sure her supervisor knew of its discriminatory uniform practice.
"I said, 'If you can give me a reason as to why wearing flats would impair me to do my job today, then fair enough', but they couldn't. I was expected to do a nine-hour shift on my feet escorting clients to meeting rooms. I said I just won't be able to do that in heels."
When Thorp asked if a male coworker could be forced to wear heels during the same shift, she said the supervisor laughed in her face. Yet another reasonable request on Thorp's part, demonstrating pretty explicit sexism. Not to mention that heels can be incredibly bad for your health.
After speaking with friends about the work malpractice, Thorp decided to further pursue the issue with her petition, which states:
"It's still legal in the UK for a company to require female members of staff to wear high heels at work against their will.... Dress code laws should be changed so that women have the option to wear flat formal shoes at work, if they wish. Current formal work dress codes are outdated and sexist."
We completely stand by Thorp's statements, along with over 137,000 other people who have already signed the petition, both men and women. If you want to wear heels, go for it! But it should be a choice, not a requirement.