A Russian aluminium producer has come under fire for offering bonuses to women who came to work wearing skirts and makeup, in what it described as a month-long “femininity marathon”.
popular social media channel has, however, criticised the company’s initiative saying it was something from “the dark ages” and another Twitter user crudely inviting management to wear makeup themselves.
In social media posts, the company announced it would pay women an extra 100 rubles ($1.50) a day if they met conditions that also included wearing their hair up.
Female employees were invited to send photos of themselves to a given number in order to receive the bonus, in a scheme advertised to run until the end of June.
Anastasia Kirillova from the company’s communications department told Russian media said it was a “great way to rally a team” that was 70 per cent male.
“We hope the initiative will increase awareness of our women, allowing them to feel their femininity and charm when they opt for a skirt or a dress,” she told the Govorit Moskva radio station on Wednesday.
Women were still allowed to wear trousers, she said.