This Scientist Was Called "Unprofessional" For Having Dyed Hair, So She Called Out The True Unprofessionalism: Policing Women's Appearances

by Rachel

Unfortunately, men are rarely shy about expressing their opinion. Even more unfortunately, they like to comment on the appearance of women. For some bizarre reason, they actually expect their opinion to matter to us. What’s more; they tend to expect us to change how we look according to their preferences. Which is weird enough when it comes from a man we know and (possibly) like.

But why do men that we don’t know feel the need to offer up their opinion on how we look? This is a problem that many women have to deal with, not only in their personal lived, but also in a professional setting. Not only is it messed up, it is also completely inappropriate.

Environmental scientist Joleah Lamb took to Twitter to ask whether other people had experienced criticism for their appearance in an academic setting...

One of the responses came from geologist Stephanie E. Suarez

A man on professional networking website, LinkedIn, decided to share his opinion on Suarez's (amazing) hair colour.

People were outraged and, rightfully, asked who on Earth would start a conversation by telling someone they look like a waitress??

Suarez initially called out the man who made the comments, however received so much backlash that she removed the post.

The worst part? Even some of Suarez's women peers thought she was out of line.

Simply for speaking up about professional harassment.


Did you HAVE to? Really?

Suarez isn't the only scientist that has received harassment via LinkedIn, a "professional" networking service.

My thoughts EXACTLY.

How someone uses their appearance to express themselves doesn't change their ability to work.


Suarez clearly worked hard to be where she is and damn right she should be proud of herself!

Support women flexing their achievements!

Support women looking however they want to!

As well as calling out sexism, Suarez also draws attention to how socioeconomic circumstances affect students.

Have you ever been proud of someone you've never met?

Because I sure have!