May 13, 2021

Fashion doesn’t empower all women | Lucy Siegle

Millions of garment workers, most of them young women, toil in slave-wage jobs around the world

A highlight of the $3tn fashion industry took place last week: the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) awards. These aren’t just a pat on the back, they’re career-defining. But you’re more likely to get one if you’re a man.

Research by American academic and sociologist Allyson Stokes found that between 1981–2013, 98 men received a CFDA award, but only 29 women. This year the only female nominees were celebrity fashion designers, the Olsen twins. One man, Raf Simons, won for both menswear and womenswear. He is the first (man) to win the double since another (man) Calvin Klein. His victory was somewhat eclipsed by the furore over the “glass runway”. Does the fashion industry have a gender equality issue, asked

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