On Thursday U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan pledged that House officials would review and perhaps modernize the chamber’s dress code. The statements came after an Internet-fueled furor over rules barring women in sleeveless attire.
Ryan made his announcement a week after a CBS News report about the long-standing rules. The story went viral on social media. It prompted a slew of reports. Some falsely accused him and other Republican House leaders of unfairly targeting women, especially given Washington’s notoriously hot summers.
The current dress code has been in place for years, including under Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat who was the only woman to serve as House Speaker, from 2007-11.