Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell Is Being Called Out For Her Sexist Comments On What Women Should Wear
Say what Kim Campbell.
If you're shocked to learn that Canada has already had a female in leadership, you're late to the party. Former Prime Minister Kim Campbell served from June 25, 1993, to November 4, 1993 - a spicy 5 months. She has held the title of politician, diplomat, lawyer and writer; and is currently sitting on the the chairperson for Canada's Supreme Court Advisory Board. Truly there isn't anyone women should look up to more.
Except, the Right Honourable Miss. Campbell could help but put her foot in her mouth just recently when she made some serious sexist comments about women in the workforce. Which understandable had people up in arms (literally).
I am struck by how many women on television news wear sleeveless dresses- often when sitting with suited men. I have always felt it was demeaning to the women and this suggests that I am right. Bare arms undermine credibility and gravitas! https://t.co/plBRrrtqKV— Kim Campbell (@AKimCampbell) February 13, 2018
The former prime minister tweeted from her personal account that "I am struck by how many women on television news wear sleeveless dresses - often when sitting beside suited men. I have always felt it was demeaning to the women and this suggests that I am right. Bare arms undermine credibility and gravitas.”
It was tagged as a response to this tweet from the Informed Opinions twitter account that linked an article on what a speaker should wear.
You can bet that her comments didn't at all go over well with the general Canadian public.
I think dismissing women because of their outfits undermines credibility and gravitas. Wouldn't it be nice if credibility could be weighed by the content of one's work rather than their apparel?— Rebecca Kepley (@creeandme) February 13, 2018
This article is not only ridiculous claptrap about how "showing skin makes people think about your body" (?) but is also classist AF. I am a stylist for women on the news and the fight to get them our of a blazer is real. Please stop policing women's choices.— LVL (@LeahVanLoon) February 13, 2018
With all due respect, perhaps this is the reason that you were the shortest serving Prime Minister. You are so out of touch with reality. There are some absolutely amazing and credible news anchor woman that wear sleeves dresses. Don’t judge on appearance.— Avtar Bains (@AvtarSBains) February 13, 2018
It’s so depressing that a women who was once leader of this country still equates a woman’s ability to do her job with what she wears.— Christine Chubb (@ChristineChubb) February 13, 2018
However the most scathing comment of all came from one Twitter user, that looked into the historical archives to find a photo of a nude Kim Campbell posing with her judges robes.
From the same person who posed nude holding her robes? Bahahahaha!! pic.twitter.com/R1Uube6ze2— Dave Darling (@Dave_Darling4) February 13, 2018
Kim tweeted back that the“Photo was art — juxtaposition of bare shoulders (femininity) and legal robes — (male dominated power structure),”
While we have our opinions on this story, what do you think? Does Kim make a point?