MISSOURI LAWMAKERS FORCE STRICT DRESS CODE FOR WOMEN IN STATE HOUSE
Republican lawmakers in the Missouri House of Representatives moved quickly in the 2023 session to enact a top priority: new modesty dress code requirements for women.
For example, women must now wear at least two layers of clothing over their arms and shoulders to enter the Capitol chamber.
The new law bans common women’s professional attire worn by Ivanka Trump, Margret Thatcher, and Kate Middleton.
With economic and other challenges facing the state, Republican lawmakers stood by their decision to prioritize ensuring the modesty of their female colleagues.
Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, enters a royal event dressed modestly in a blue dress.
Ivanka Trump speaks at a campaign event for Donald Trump.
Melania Trump enters an official White House function.
Margaret Thatcher stops for photo before 2008 interview.
The new rule sparked outrage after the dress code for men was not altered.
“Y’all had a conniption fit the last two years when we talked about maybe wearing masks in a pandemic to keep each other safer. How dare the government tell you what you have to wear over your face? 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,” Rep. Peter Merideth said.
Missourians took to Twitter to express their dislike of the new rule.
"Absolutely disgusting that as a grown woman, in a position of power in a country of people struggling you are more concerned about shoulders than real problems facing your constituents," one commented.