Are Suit Jackets Oppression? Lawmakers Fight Own Dress Codes

With women and people of color elected in larger numbers in many states, legislatures are being forced to confront longstanding dress codes that are increasingly viewed as sexist and racist.

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Rhode Island Democratic state Sen. Jonathon Acosta addresses the state Senate, Tuesday, March 23, 2021, in Sapinsley Hall, on the campus of Rhode Island College, in Providence, R.I. With women and people of color elected in historic numbers in many states, legislatures are being forced to confront longstanding dress codes that are increasingly viewed as sexist and racist. The auditorium at Rhode Island College is being used by the Senate during the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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BOSTON (AP) — A sneaker-clad Latino state senator in Rhode Island is objecting to his chamber’s jacket and dress shirt edict as a form of white oppression. Female lawmakers in Montana complain proposed rules dealing with skirt lengths and necklines are overly sexist. And an Iowa state representative wore jeans on the floor last month to highlight the irony of Republican leaders refusing to mandate face masks in the chamber as the coronavirus pandemic rages…

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