Women have always had to carefully maneuver the workplace, especially when it comes to wearing "appropriate" work attire. Your dress can't be too tight, too short or too low-cut. Pantsuits are professional, sure, but you run the risk of being pegged as bossy.
*For the record, pantsuits don't make you seem bossy. Also, you're not "bossy." You're assertive. These are just sexist assumptions that are common in the male-dominated workplace.
Rivas' standard work wardrobe included sensible, professional clothes. It was her hairstyle, though, that her boss found offensive. Rivas typically styled her hair in a ponytail. GASP. That's right, a polished, yet casual, ponytail. How dare she?!
4. I'm Confused. What Part Of This Outfit Looks Unprofessional?
Offended by Rivas' new accessory, Rivas' boss sent out a memo about a new dress code, which banned "[visible bra] straps, hats, sandals, cleavage, lace, and even (and I quote) 'cultural head wraps.'" The new dress code's ban on "cultural" head wraps seems to specifically target women of color, and Rivas made it clear that she wasn't having it.
Rivas took two important measures: She reported her boss to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and she decided to find the loopholes in the dress code and use them to her advantage. So she brought some cosplay into the office.
Rivas' wigs, spandex, capes and makeup are technically acceptable according to her boss' dress code, which is absolutely ridiculous considering that her boss deemed her ponytail and her hair scarf "unprofessional." But hey, at least we can all admit that Rivas looks awesome in these cosplay outfits.
So far, Rivas has uploaded almost 20 photos of herself in different costumes at work. We're not sure what will happen to the dress code or to her boss, but one thing is clear ”” June J. Rivas is creative, hilarious and ready to instigate change for women (and especially for women of color) in the workplace.