Women, especially those with disabilities or who have been incarcerated, face a number of challenges in getting and keeping gainful employment. As if the wage gap weren’t enough, they have to deal with more demands on their appearance, which is a constant battle that men don’t have to deal with, as business suits pretty much don’t change.
But having the “right” clothes to look professional enough to make it through an interview can be tough, and maintaining that look can be even more difficult, especially if you don’t have a lot of resources in the first place. “Dress for the job you want,” and all that. It’s more serious than that though, and anyone can tell you that appearances are important, especially in interviews, where you generally don’t have a lot of time to make a good impression.
For women in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, there’s Amelia’s Closet, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women get jobs that can get them on the right track. The founder and executive board, all women, know that a good job can be the difference between success and failure for women from all walks of life.
They provide women in need with interview appropriate outfits and, if those women get the jobs they apply for, they provide them with another week’s worth of outfits, to get them going. They also provide closet consulting, to help women find clothes that work for them and help them look professional.
It’s unfortunate that the world puts so much emphasis on how women look, but it’s a problem that likely won’t be going away any time soon. And, frankly, ignoring that issue doesn’t make it go away, so women have to deal with it, and it’s good that a place like Amelia’s Closet exists to help, a least in one city.