13 MAY 2016

It was reported in the news Wednesday that temporary receptionist at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nicola Thorp, was sent home for not wearing ‘2in to 4in heels’. Outsourcing firm Portico said Ms Thorp had ‘signed the appearance guidelines’ but PwC said the dress code was ‘not a PwC policy’.

When she refused to wear heels, Nicola was sent home without pay. You can read the full story hereand an in-depth analysis from the BBC here.

It is completely unacceptable in 2016 for high heels to be an essential requirement for a woman to do her job, and Fawcett is showing society just how women do their jobs every day in all manner of shoes with our #FawcettFlatsFriday campaign and hashtag. Women all over the world have been sharing photos of the shoes they’re wearing at work today and pledging to donate to Fawcett to show 4 inch heels are obviously not a requirement for women to do their jobs.

Nicola’s online petition received over 130,000 signatures and the issue of dress codes insisting on high heels will now be debated in Parliament, and Portico have changed their policy. #FawcettflatsFriday became the top trending topic on Twitter with over 4 million impressions in one day.

Here’s some of our favourites from #FawcettflatsFriday: