She writes that:
it has become such an issue for a woman to go to work wearing professional attires and co-workers have reached the point of judging this individual and mistreating her because of her choice to wear what she chooses. My point here is why should this become such an issue especially in countries where the abaya is not enforced upon women? Why do educated people take such offence when a woman decides to dress up in a suit to work, especially when it is respectable attire? Why is it all of a sudden an issue if a woman decides to wear the headscarf at work as her choice to show respect to those who are conservative, yet when she removes it out side of work, they judge her and look down on her? Is it fair to judge a person because of the choices she makes and especially if this individual is one who is respectable, eventhough, wearing the Abaya or the Hijab was never compulsory for her?!
Does wearing an abaya affect a woman's chance of being hired? She writes about a European manager who
found it difficult to hire girls who were very attached to their abayas and who did not wish to compromise in their dress style for the sake of their jobs, even though the job description included field and business trips. Another thing was that he noticed that some girls who came for interviews wearing their abaya sometimes gave the impression of being introverted individuals who could not take responsibility and challenges. That sometimes the abaya came in the way of showing the person's true personality and covered it with a picture of a girl who is shy, unconfident and who would like to work in one place for the sake of money and not want to grow or build herself. He even noticed the way some girls with the abaya presented themselves in front of their colleagues, or walked or sat.
What do you think? You can reply with your views here on my blog or you can go to her blog and follow the discussion there. [link]