On Wednesday, the Missouri House of Representatives proposed a bill that would limit the dress code for women in the state House of Representatives but not tighten the dress code for men, eventually passing a version of the bill calling for women to cover their hands.
The dress code was updated as of 2021, whereby women could wear “dresses, skirts or trousers worn with a blazer or sweater, and matching shoes or boots.” dresses, skirts or trousers, and shoes or boots.
The law was proposed by Rep. Ann Kelly (R) and met with strong opposition from Democrats in the Missouri Congress.
Missouri State Representative Rachel Proudie (D) called the proposal “ridiculous” speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives, adding: “We are again fighting for the right of a woman to choose something, and this time she is hiding behind it,” according to Heartland Signal.
“Do you know what it’s like to have a bunch of men in this room looking at your top trying to decide if it’s appropriate or not?” Rep. Ashley He (D) asked the floor of the Missouri House, according to Heartland Signalbefore proceeding to criticize the proposal as “ridiculous”.
The bill’s sponsor, State Rep. Ann Kelly (right), responded to Aun by saying, “You’d think all you have to do is say ‘dress professionally’ and women can handle it!” according to Heartland Signal.
Other Democrats such as State Rep. Peter Meredith weigh-in on twittercriticizing fellow Republicans, “the faction that went berserk over the proposal to wear masks during the pandemic… is now spending its time focusing on the finer details of what women should wear (particularly how to cover their hands) to show respect here.” “.
According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch, women make up less than one-third of the state legislature, and while the dress code of the House of Representatives is discussed every two years, the men’s dress code was not debated in the 2023 session.
In the end, according to The Washington Post, the Missouri House passed a modified version of the proposal, which allows women to wear blazers, cardigans and jackets but still requires their hands to be covered.