Christ’s Hospital’s debate on workplace dress

February 28, 2017

Christ’s Hospital’s Debating Society chose a topic that caught the attention of the national press to debate at their meeting on 24 February and was delighted to welcome back eminent former pupils from the legal profession to participate.

Motion: ‘This House believes that employers have the right to make women wear make-up and heels to work’. It was reported in January that a receptionist was sent home from her workplace for refusing to wear high heels. The subsequent launch and support of her petition will now be the subject of a Parliamentary debate in March.

Lord Justice Jackson helped the pupils develop their debating skills, and, alongside Andrew Cosedge, Tamas Lorinczy, James Dawson, Abigail Li and Palomi Kotecha, he gave sound advice on careers in the legal profession during a Q&A session.

Marvelous Jibogu, 15, said: “The evening began with a debate on the topic of ‘This House believes that employers have the right to make women wear make-up and heels to work’.  The proposition and opposition both raised some very good points and made a strong case for their beliefs.

“The debate was then opened to the floor, and some very interesting questions were asked by the pupils in the audience to the proposition and the opposition, who in turn used those questions to their advantage to defend their case. After each side’s closing statements, a vote was taken, with a result of three votes in favour of the motion, and over 30 against. The second part of the evening was a Q&A session. The questions to the panel ranged from current events in the news to career prospects and places to study law. The whole evening was extremely valuable.”