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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/18/2016

Not suited for double standard 

COQUITLAM, B.C. — Politicians can all start to look the same after awhile, but one Canadian mayor took that stereotype to the extreme recently when he wore the same suit for more than a year — and nobody noticed. Richard Stewart, mayor of Coquitlam, B.C., wore a “plain, off-the-rack, boring, dark blue suit” to all public events and council meetings for 15 months in a row, according to the CBC. His motivation? To highlight the double standards faced by women in politics. “It became evident to me that nobody was going to notice, that this was not simply something that we remark upon when it comes to male politicians.” Stewart’s staff, colleagues, constituents and even his family failed to notice the fashion fail. “I’ve got daughters and when I see the inadvertent barriers that society puts in place about women and their career advancement, barriers that don’t exist for men, I kind of want to draw attention to them,” said Stewart, adding former colleagues in the B.C. legislature have told him about remarks they’ve received. “They’ve gotten angry emails from constituents saying, ‘That suit… is gaudy or inappropriate’ or ‘You wear that too much, why don’t you wear something else?’ — comments that I’ve never, ever heard as a man.”

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