On Friday, a number of congresswomen showed up to work at the U.S. House of Representatives in sleeveless dresses and tops, all in support of the rallying cry that “women have the right to bare arms.”
This took place one day after Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced that he was working with the sergeant-at-arms to modernize the House dress code — a change likely initiated due to the fact that reports went viral of female reporters being barred from Ryan’s Speaker’s Lobby because their shoulders were exposed.
#SleevelessFriday, as today in Congress was called, began when Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) started circulating flyers asking women in Congress to join her in going sleeveless during their House votes and then all convene on the steps afterward for a photo op and a show of solidarity for the rights of women in Congress, as well as female reporters.
“We’d heard earlier in the week that a reporter was denied …