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post #1 of 92
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There is so much prejudice out there in the work world against women who don't wear makeup. The sexism of it really upsets me, since a man would never be passed up for a job or considered "unprofessional" for not wearing makeup. I was thinking we could make a list. Not having to dress up uncomfortably (including high heels) would be good too.

I'll start:

Teacher
post #2 of 92
health care provider
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post #4 of 92
I am going to be really honest and state that I have not run into this prejudice. I wear makeup very rarely, and have never felt it to be in any way an issue.

I have worked several office admin type jobs. Currently I am a supervisor in a warehouse (I have to admit, that may belong on your makeup-free friendly list.)
post #5 of 92
A cook or baker
post #6 of 92
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Originally Posted by Mama Soltera View Post
There is so much prejudice out there in the work world against women who don't wear makeup. The sexism of it really upsets me, since a man would never be passed up for a job or considered "unprofessional" for not wearing makeup. I was thinking we could make a list. Not having to dress up uncomfortably (including high heels) would be good too.

I'll start:

Teacher
I'm a teacher and i most definitly wear make up
post #7 of 92
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Originally Posted by jeminijad View Post
I am going to be really honest and state that I have not run into this prejudice. I wear makeup very rarely, and have never felt it to be in any way an issue.

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Ditto to this.

Sorry to OP, if you ave run into this.

I work in the tech sector (entry level positions to management to ceo) and do not wear make up or high heels. I have worked for three different companies, and that seems to be the norm (dress casual but professional and no makeup or heels) amongst the women I have worked w/ and women clients as well.
post #8 of 92
I guess I am blissfully unaware of this prejudice as well. I work for a government contractor in an office setting. I work in a male-dominated field. I don't think I have ever worn make up to work and only heels when I think they look good with my outfit. I bet that there are definitely a lot of fields where make-up isn't the norm, but from my experience, office culture also has a lot to do with it.

Now that you brought this up, I am feeling very fortunate for my casual yet professional office!
post #9 of 92
I've never, ever worn makeup regularly, or high heels, either. I've worked as a teacher, a nanny, in two different offices doing secretarial work, as a temp, and now I wait tables. Nobody has ever indicated to me that I should be wearing makeup.
post #10 of 92
Honestly when I wear makeup you cant tell anyway LOL

no make up

http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...bf37b7d0b8.jpg

makeup

http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...051b6f6657.jpg
post #11 of 92
I work as a teacher and I wear make-up every day. I also wear pantyhose and heels sometimes. The first principal I worked for (a woman) was very strict about dress codes, and it just kind of stuck. Many of my colleagues wear khaki's and sweaters/blouses. I wear more skirts and dresses than most.

I've worked at a florist/gardening center and at a gourmet food shop, and a warehouse, and none of those places required me to look stunning.
post #12 of 92
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Originally Posted by jeminijad View Post
I am going to be really honest and state that I have not run into this prejudice. I wear makeup very rarely, and have never felt it to be in any way an issue.

I have worked several office admin type jobs. Currently I am a supervisor in a warehouse (I have to admit, that may belong on your makeup-free friendly list.)
I agree. I am a software engineer, and I've seen holes in the jeans that some people where to work though.
post #13 of 92
teacher here, though prof

i wear jeans, chocos & t-shirt, no makeup

actually when i was a grad student i was self concious about how young i looked and wore more fancy clothes and occasionally foundation! LOL... but IDK, somehow now I am more relaxed about my teaching.
post #14 of 92
Print journalism. I rarely wore makeup, and only if I felt like it. I dressed professionally but there's a lot of room for quirk in a newsroom.
Now, TV journalism is a totally different animal. Ugh.
post #15 of 92
Construction engineering - no makeup and jeans with t-shirts most days.
post #16 of 92
I'm a teacher and I never wear make-up, but it would probably help me professionally if I dressed up more, if I wanted to move "up" at all. But, I don't, so I don't worry about it. The administration certainly complains every year about how the teachers aren't dressy enough, and most of us generally ignore it. They do make the men wear ties, and I feel sorry for them.
post #17 of 92
scientific research

computer programing

lifeguard

truck driver

nurse/medical professional (doctor being the exception based on local culture)
post #18 of 92
I've never worn make-up to work (love to wear it for going out on the town but can't be bothered with the expense, hassle and precedent-setting) so I can safely say that all of my jobs would be fine ... I think most of it is in your attitude, and perhaps the policies and culture of the place of work.

So, in no particular order ... my jobs!

bookseller
ASL interpreter
group-home staff
counsellor at shelter for women and kids
writer
paramedic
mural artist
literacy programmer
childcare
post #19 of 92
Dressmaker/seamstress
daycare provider/worker
leasing agent
retail
artist
medical/dental
police/fire
librarian
maid
chef/cook

Personally, it's going to depend on the particular employer and employee. I'm not sure that it's legal to require women to wear pantyhose and makeup. It could be construed at sexism.
post #20 of 92
I'm in international shipping and have worked in a wide variety of offices in my 17 years in the field. A good number of the women I've worked with - including myself - rarely wear makeup, or perhaps only wear 1-2 types of makeup - ie, mascara and lipstick.

Your attitude and dress are the difference. I've found that if you dress neatly and appropriately, you're fine. Frankly, someone with no makeup dressed in khakis and a nice (no logo) t-shirt is more appropriate for every office I've ever worked in than someone in a short skirt, with lots of cleavage, and tons of makeup.
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