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A STRICT dress code for female lawmakers has caused a stir after it was approved as part of a new rules package.

The Missouri House of Representatives has adopted rules for women that will require them to cover their shoulders while on the job.

Republican state lawmakers in Missouri have been met with outrage by their Democrat counterparts after instituting a new dress code that calls for women's shoulders to always be covered

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Republican state lawmakers in Missouri have been met with outrage by their Democrat counterparts after instituting a new dress code that calls for women’s shoulders to always be coveredCredit: Getty – Contributor
The move was led by Republican state Rep Ann Kelley, who said she wanted to introduce a new code that 'cleans up some of the language … by mirroring the language in the gentleman’s dress code'

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The move was led by Republican state Rep Ann Kelley, who said she wanted to introduce a new code that ‘cleans up some of the language … by mirroring the language in the gentleman’s dress code’Credit: AP

The move, proposed by Republican state Rep Ann Kelley, sparked outrage from some Democrats who said the change was sexist because the dress code for men was not altered.

The previous dress code required women in the Missouri House of Representatives to wear “dresses or skirts or slacks worn with a blazer or sweater and appropriate dress shoes or boots.”

However, with the new rules, women will have to cover their shoulders by wearing a jacket, knit blazer, or cardigan.

Kelley, speaking on the House floor, said she felt compelled to offer the change that “cleans up some of the language … by mirroring the language in the gentleman’s dress code,” CNN reported.

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“Men are required to wear a jacket, a shirt and a tie, correct?

“And if they walked in here without a tie, they would get gaveled down in a heartbeat. If they walked in without a jacket, they would get gaveled down in a heartbeat.

“So, we are so interested in being equal.”

The dress code amendment was passed in a voice vote and the rules were adopted by the GOP-controlled legislature in a 105-51 vote, but not without hearing from House Democrats.

“Do you know what it feels like to have a bunch of men in this room looking at your top trying to determine if it’s appropriate or not?” said Democrat state Rep Ashley Aune.

Republicans were forced to alter the amendment to include cardigans after Democratic state Rep Raychel Proudie pointed out the impact requiring blazers could have on pregnant women.

“I don’t think I’m qualified to say what’s appropriate or not appropriate for women and I think that is a really dangerous road for us all to go down,” said Democratic state Rep Peter Merideth, who refused to vote.

“Well, I know some governments require women to wear things over their face, but here, ‘Oh, it’s OK because we’re just talking about how many layers they have to have over their shoulders,’” Merideth added.

Women hold less than a third of the seats in the Missouri House, which is made up of 116 men and 43 women, according to the state House website.

A group of bipartisan female lawmakers in US Congress protested over their “right to bare arms,” forcing then-Speaker Paul Ryan’s office to change the dress code, and the US Senate followed suit.



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