A week after women were cleared to serve in combat, Defense Intelligence Agency employees got a different message. “Makeup makes you more attractive.” “Don’t be a plain Jane.” “A sweater with a skirt is better than a sweater with slacks.” “No flats.” “Paint your nails.” “Don’t be afraid of color.” And, “brunettes have more leeway with vibrant colors than blondes or redheads.”
Men and women at DIA were given fashion advice in a presentation prepared by an employee at the agency this week.[emphasis added]
The presentation offered gender-specific advice on how to improve one’s success in the workplace through appearance. “It was an informal event that an employee put together, a briefing on How to Dress for Success,” Strednansky says. “It’s not directive. It is not mandatory. It is just, ‘Hey, here are some suggestions.'”
No word on how many of the DIA’s 20,000 employees were paid to sit through that meeting nor how much was spent to prepare and present it, but at least it wasn’t held in Las Vegas – was it?