Bless the men and 2 women at the TUC conference last week for putting forward a motion that us poor women should not be subjected to wearing high heels for the job and be allowed to wear sensible shoes! Furthermore, they profess that forcing us into the bondage of arched heels is risking our long term health and if we need to wear high heels to feel empowered then shame on us!
Whislt I am eternally grateful for their concern, call me ruthless, I kinda wish they would be as focused and outraged at the lack of parity in our pay packet. A new report out last week revealed the shocking facts that women in the city are paid 40% less basic salary than men and a staggering 80% less bonus for doing the same job.
So my pleas to the TUC and other corporate membership organisations is dump the red herrings and start effecting real change - show me the money!
I agree that the TUC should be more concerned with ensuring that men and women get equal pay for the same job.
As for footwear, I don't think there are many workplaces which require women to wear high heels - although apparently you have to if you're a female Sales Assistant at Harrods. I think you should be allowed to wear flats or low-heels if you're in a job which requires you to stand for a least 8 hours days, 5 days a week.
Most of the time, I don't find high heels empowering. I know that you do & that most women do but I don't. Although some of them look nice, teetering around in pain and being unable to walk or run doesn't make me feel particularly sexy or empowered. I can't feel sexy if I'm not comfortable so I try to get the best of both worlds by doing "comfortable glamour".
By wearing high-heels too much you are indeed risking your long-term health - that's why chiropodists recommend that you don't or at least wear trainers some of the time (I have flat feet and suppanation problems where my ankles roll outwards when I walk).
Anyway, to sum up my thoughts, I think women should be able to choose whether they wear high or low heels but it's more sensible to wear low heels if you do a job where you're on your feet all day
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