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Female Lawmakers Defy Outdated ‘No Sleeveless’ Dress Code With ‘Sleeveless Friday’

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Female Lawmakers Defy Outdated ‘No Sleeveless’ Dress Code With ‘Sleeveless Friday’





In a push to modernize the House dress code, a number of female House Democrats wore sleeveless clothing on Friday, tweeting in support of “Sleeveless Friday.”

“Thank you to all my colleagues who joined me for #SleevelessFriday — because women have the right to bare arms!” tweeted Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)

A female lawmaker on Wednesday proudly stood on the House floor and pointed out that she was wearing a sleeveless dress and open-toed shoes, violating an alleged dress code that’s supposed to be enforced in the chamber and the adjoining Speaker’s lobby.

“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,” said Rep. Martha McSally, R-Arizona.




Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) said, “It’s 2017, and women vote, hold office, + choose their own style. Time to update the House rules to reflect the times!”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said in a tweet that the women were exercising “the right to ‘bare’ arms!”

“Decorum is important, especially for this institution, and a dress code in the chamber and the lobby makes sense,” Ryan said this week.

“We also don’t need to bar otherwise accepted contemporary business attire, so look for a change on that soon.”

According to Speier, some men in Congress also showed up in short sleeves to show their solidarity.



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