Who wears the pants at Sky Harbor airport?
Not 30 Somali women who fought for the right to wear skirts on the job, and won.
The Muslim women balked at a planned policy change by their employer, GCA Services, (that’s GCA’s logo pictured above), that would have forced them to wear pants and a tucked-in shirt as they did their janitorial duties.
They’d been previously allowed to wear skirts; pants are too immodest for them.
After discussions between GCA managers, aiport officials, the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Somali Association of Arizona, it was agreed the 30 women could wear black skirts and aprons in addition to a white shirt. Their right to wear the Muslim headscarves known as hijabs was never in question, says Hakim Osman of the Somali Association of Arizona. (MORE)