The hashtag "GlassesAreForbidden" was trending on Twitter over the weekend after Japanese media exposed businesses that reportedly banned female workers from wearing eyeglasses in Japan.
A Business Insider Japan article, translated by Business Insider, tells the story of "Ms. A" an anonymous twenty-something department store receptionist. She says her superior told her "glasses are prohibited." She works forty hours a week, and commutes about 4 hours each day, which means she has to wear contact lenses for about sixty hours each, despite her poor vision, according to Business Insider. She struggles with dryness and eye fatigue as a result, telling the publication, "and there are often mornings where I just think to myself, 'I wish I could wear glasses.'"
Another woman, "Ms. B" said that her company's dress code clearly states glasses are prohibited. She works as a nurse in a beauty clinic and also struggles with her vision. "Many of my colleagues keep eye drops in their pockets would use it while working," she told Business Insider. "Some even had laser surgery."
This unfortunately isn't the first time Japanese businesses have reportedly imposed strict rules or dress codes pertaining only to women in the workplace. Earlier this year, in response to women also being forced to wear high heels to work, the #KuToo movement was started and a change.org petition received over 31,000 signatures in support of women being able to choose what type of footwear they wear in the workplace.
A woman (or anyone, for that matter) should never have to struggle with their vision or be forced to wear something that makes them uncomfortable in the workplace.
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue