Look at the man on the left in the picture above and the chances are you won’t notice anything distinctive about him.
His shirt, tie or the way he decides to cut his hair will most likely pass you by. It is highly probable that his suit will too.
But what does what he is wearing matter, we hear you ask?
Well, it shouldn’t and that is exactly the man on the left’s point. If it doesn’t matter for him, then why should it matter for thousands, if not millions of women in their places of work or in other domains every day.
Richard Stewart, the Mayor of Coquitlam in Canada (and the man on the left), felt so strongly about this that he decided to carry out a social experiment.
Seeing countless examples of women being judged for what they wear – and being put off entering local politics because of those type of pressures – he decided to prove a huge double standard exists.
Choosing a nondescript navy blue suit from his wardrobe, he vowed to wear it to every engagement, sometimes two or three times a week, until someone noticed.
In all, it took a staggering 15 months until a fellow council member made an indirect comment about what he was wearing.
Mr Stewart then published a blog about the experience on his Facebook highlighting the different standards that exist for men and women.
He said he told nobody about the experiment but did occasionally dry clean the suit.
‘Over fifteen months, nobody had noticed how limited my wardrobe was,’ he said.
‘Of course, I can’t imagine anybody suggesting that a woman could get away with wearing the same outfit for more than a year. But clearly a man could, and did.
‘There are double standards in so many aspects of our lives, a different standard for men than for women. Where this different standard presents a barrier, where this limits the advancement of one group over another, where this prevents our democratic institutions from better reflecting society, we need to remove it.
‘Let’s not elect our representatives because of the clothes they stand in, but because of what they stand for.’