That feeling of being whisked back in time during the night and waking up somewhere in the 1950s is persisting: back to a time when the public perception was that women worked for pin money and had very few rights in the workplace and feminism was something a few mad women talked about…
At the week end I read that Harrods, the famous Knightsbridge store, has a dress code for staff. Nothing at all strange in that. But its dress code for women runs to two pages and part of the ‘ladies’ code states:
“Full make up at all times: base, blusher, full eyes, (not too heavy), lip liner, lipstick and gloss are worn at all times and maintained discreetly.”
I am astonished. And it’s not a rule respected in the breach, i.e. one that’s been hanging around since the fifties and no one takes much notice of it. Oh no. This is an current and enforced rule.
A young 24 year old employee has been sent home twice for not wearing make up and then sent to work in the stock room, as presumably her un-made face would be offensive to customers! You can read the full story here.
And then my good friend, Sarah Pennels of Savvy Woman, a financial magazine for women and herself a regular contributor to BBC radio and TV, sent me this tweet:
“Hi Jane @bbcradio4 just doing a profile of Christine Lagarde – the first person they interviewed was a fashion blogger..!”
In case you haven’t come across her Christine Lagarde is the recently appointed head of the International Monetary Fund. Here’s some more information about her from the Independent on line:
Christine Lagarde is also a good product that requires very little marketing given her very intimidating curriculum vitae. Aside from a couple of firsts, which she has to her name – first female head of the globally renowned law firm, Baker and McKenzie; first woman to head the French finance ministry; and, first female finance minister of a G8 country – Lagarde as an acclaimed antitrust lawyer also had an extensive practice with Baker and McKenzie in New York. She was France’s Minister of Trade (2005 – 2007), Minister of Agriculture (2007); and in fact her country’s longest serving Minister of Finance (having been in that position since 2007). Little wonder why the Financial Times in 2009 ranked her the best Minister of Finance of the Euro zone. The Forbes magazine in the same year equally ranked her the 17th most powerful woman in the world. At the moment, Lagarde has also become the first woman to head the IMF.
So, lets talk about what she wears shall we? Good grief! Will someone please have a word with them at the BBC and remind them what century we’re living in? Even the flagship news programme Today was at it last week!
Photo Credit: T. Al Nakib
Posted on July 4th, 2011 by Jane