You need high heels to work as a Grand Prix hostess, ad says


A job offer from the people who run the Montreal Grand Prix is getting people talking on social media.

The job is for paddock hostess at the Circuit Gilles-Villenueve. Among other things, the job requirements listed include having an elegant, classic look, and the ability to spend several hours in high heels.

Julie Miville-Dechêne, the president of the Quebec Council on the Status of Women, says it's another example of the Grand Prix objectifying women in general.

"This ad shows, once again, that the Grand Prix de Montreal has little consideration for equality of women," she says. "The only women they do present are sexual objects."

She adds, too, that the ad is in violation of the Charter of Rights.

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  1. gary lawrence posted on 04/29/2014 04:09 PM
    Then don't apply for the job !! Many pretty girls love to wear high heels !! You people don't protect women , you hold them back !!! Go away !!!
    1. Mark posted on 05/02/2014 09:55 PM
      @gary lawrence My boss makes me wear steel toe boots. If I don't like it... I look for another job.... simple and not sexist!
  2. Ryan posted on 04/29/2014 05:20 PM
    It is not in violation of the Charter of Rights. It is an "actress job". If a movie producer was looking for a beautiful woman to play a part in a movie, that is what he/she would ask for.
    Or if Julie Miville-Dechêne was looking to do a PSA about womens rights where there were only need for women in the video, she would be looking to hire only women.
  3. Joseph posted on 04/29/2014 06:22 PM
    Seems like a low paying job.
  4. CDU posted on 04/29/2014 06:52 PM
    What's the big deal? It's called a uniform.
  5. Jenn posted on 04/30/2014 03:41 PM
    I've been listening to / reading reactions to this on various sites/stations and to all the people who are saying it's just a uniform and it makes women look and feel hot -- are you really that dim? Sure, heels are considered part of an elegant look, but that conception of elegance and beauty is a social construct. If you think it'd be weird to ask a male host to wear high heels, or a lady to wear a suit, it's because our ideas of good looking are CONSTRUCTED. and the idea of a beautiful woman "just happens" to be painful, difficult to walk, and precariously balancing high heels that lengthen the look of the legs and make women stand with their t & a more pronounced? GImme a break, guys. Wear high heels if you want to, apply to the job if you want to but don't think for a second that you aren't being objectified as a smile on legs.
    1. mark posted on 05/02/2014 09:58 PM
      @Jenn I guess you don't like high heels... or smiling
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