Congresswomen On Capitol Hill Just Gave Paul Ryan A Giant F*CK YOU! (IMAGE)

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In 2017, there are more doors open to women than ever before. However, there are still some things that women are not allowed to do, like reveal their shoulders if they work on Capitol Hill.

The current dress code for the House of Representatives bars women from wearing sleeveless dresses or tops. It also requires men to wear jackets and ties.

The code applies not just to members of the House, but also to reporters who want to interview those members. In May, Haley Byrd, a congressional reporter for Independent Journal Review (IJR), was kicked out of Speaker Paul Ryan’s lobby because she was wearing a sleeveless dress.

The story about Byrd being prevented from doing her job inspired many members of Congress to call for an update to the dress code. This call includes a movement that has been dubbed #SleevelessFriday.

On Thursday, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-California) invited her colleagues to join her the following day in wearing sleeveless tops and dresses. As the photo below, which was shared by Speier on Twitter, indicates, plenty of women accepted her invitation.

Other women in Congress have also tweeted about their desire to see an update to the dress code, arguing that women have the “right to bare arms.” The list includes Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois), Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-California).

Speier was also happy to report on Friday morning that “several men” were joining the cause by ditching their required suit jackets in favor of short sleeved shirts.

As the tweets below show, the response on Twitter to the call for an updated dress code has been overwhelmingly positive.

The message from members of Congress has not fallen on deaf ears, either. Speaker Ryan promised on Thursday to work with the Sergeant of Arms of the House to make some much-needed changes.

‘This is nothing new and certainly not something that I devised. At the same time, that doesn’t mean that enforcement couldn’t stand to be a bit modernized. So that is why we will be working with the Sergeant of Arms to ensure the enforcement of appropriate business attire is updated.’

Ryan also said that the updates should be made soon.

Featured image via Mark Wilson/Getty Images.

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