Congresswomen Hold ‘Sleeveless Friday’ in a Show of Their Right to Bare Arms


A number of female House Democrats wore sleeveless clothing on Friday, tweeting in support of “Sleeveless Friday.” The action was part of the push to modernize the House dress code.

“Thank you to all my colleagues who joined me for #SleevelessFriday — because women have the right to bare arms!” tweeted Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) said, “It’s 2017, and women vote, hold office, + choose their own style. Time to update the House rules to reflect the times!”

“Decorum is important, especially for this institution, and a dress code in the chamber and the lobby makes sense,” Ryan said this week. “We also don’t need to bar otherwise accepted contemporary business attire, so look for a change on that soon.”

The new dress code has not been announced.

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