Episode 58: How to Kick off High Heels at Work
After Nicola Thorp was fired for refusing to wear high heels on the job in 2015, she called bullsh*t all the way to British Parliament. Because from banks to bars, it’s not unusual for workplaces around the world to expect women to work in high heels, and it's not exactly illegal. C&C find out how Nicola sparked an international mini-movement, why #MeToo made it possible, and how high heels tread the sexy-professional tightrope.
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