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Montana House leaders OK simple dress code

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December 18, 2014View for printing

The Montana House of Representatives will have a simple dress code after a previous stricter code drew criticism as sexist and outdated.

Republican House leaders agreed to abandon the original, strict one-page dress code that drew widespread media coverage, critical editorials and was widely ridiculed on social media.

The original code included language such as: "Women should be sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines."

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There is no doubt that clothes are a communication tool that is part of professional courtesy.

When I was teaching at UM, my mostly-business students had their final group presentations. In one group, one member presented in professional attire and the other came in his pajamas. Needless to say the professionally attired student felt deeply insulted.
--Nora McDougall-Collins

Yes, but these are elected officials who have been entrusted to lead the state and have gone through a challenging process to receive the faith of their constituents.

What does it say about our process when someone can say about them:

"We've got 30 plus new legislators who don't know where the bathrooms are much less how to dress." Speaker of the House Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson

If the leader has so little confidence in their ability to find the bathroom or dress themselves, I wonder what it bodes for the upcoming legislative session?


Interesting! Is the problem with the new legislators, the previously established legislators, or both?

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