Because America’s military leaders are such gentlemen, we shouldn’t be surprised to learn they are providing professional women with pointers on how to get ahead in the workplace.
“Makeup makes you more attractive,” female employees were told during a recent seminar at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (USDIA), “don’t be a plain Jane.”
The women were also advised not to wear flats – and told “a sweater with a skirt is better than a sweater with slacks.” Also, according to the presenter, “brunettes have more leeway with vibrant colors than blondes or redheads.”
Good fashion advice? Um … probably. But all sorts of inappropriate in a public sector workplace …
Government officials have condemned the seminar as sexist and “highly offensive,” sort of like our globe-trotting generals themselves.
USDIA employs more than 16,000 people and reports to the U.S. Department of Defense – an agency which last month lifted its longstanding ban on females serving in combat units. It is not to be confused with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) – which reports to the the president, vice president and other members of the executive branch of government.
Both agencies’ budgets are classified.