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International Women's Day - Women in the workplace: what does professional look like?




Please note early start time of 6pm

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

This year City, University of London invites leading experts to discuss the very current issues surrounding women's appearance in the workplace.

- From WW1 to Thatcher, where did women's "dress code" come from?
- What is a discriminatory professional dress code in the eyes of the law and where do the boundaries lie?
- Why is women's appearance in the workplace an issue in the 21st century?


Angela Jackman - Senior Law Lecturer and partner at Simpson Millar
Angela's recent research centres on the way  African-Caribbean women choose to wear their hair. She recently had some evidence published in the House of Commons Joint  Committee report into “High heels and workplace dress codes”.

Charlotte Proudman - Barrister and Doctoral Researcher at the University of Cambridge
Charlotte is also an expert and media commentator on women's rights.

Dr Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite - Lecturer in twentieth century British History, UCL
Florence is a historian of 20th century Britain, and has published on Thatcherism, New Labour, and ideas about class, gender and sexuality in the late 20th century. She is also co-editor of Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy.

Nicola Thorp – actress and equality campaigner
Nicola was recently subjected to gender discrimination in a temporary role as a receptionist, when she was sent home for not wearing high heels. The incident has resulted in a parliamentary debate to review the law around discriminatory dress codes

We are delighted to welcome our chair for the evening Professor Lis Howell, Director of Broadcasting at City and expert and researcher on women in broadcasting.

This event will be followed by a reception for all guests

Find out more about International Women's Day at City




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6.00pm - 7.00pmWednesday 8th March 2017

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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