Dressing professionally for the summer may have just become more difficult for those at work in the halls of Congress, but one U.S. representative is not about to sit idly by as dress code enforcements take a bit of a sexist turn.
According to Glamour, a recent CBS News report details a dress code specific to the House chambers and the Speaker’s Lobby, which includes wearing “appropriate business attire,” as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) put it. For women, Glamour says this means wearing “a sleeved dress or blouse and wear closed-toed shoes,” while men should dress in a suit jacket and tie.
While the dress code has been enforced among men and women, one reporter’s experience brought the dress code to the floor of the House for GOP Congresswoman Martha McSally. When Haley Byrd, a congressional reporter for Independent Journal Review, was walking through the Speaker’s Lobby, Glamour says the young journalist was tossed out of the area for wearing a sleeveless dress, an incident that occurred after being offered a sweater to cover up.
Even though Byrd’s incident took place in May, McSally took a moment this week to address the issue and point out the latent sexism of the dress code policy.
“Before I yield back, I want to point out, I’m standing here in my professional attire, which happens to be a sleeveless dress and open-toed shoes,’ she said, according to Glamour. ‘With that, Mr. Speaker, I yield back.”