Recently, several media outlets in Japan aired reports revealing that women at a number of companies within the country have been instructed by their employers to refrain from wearing eyeglasses on the job. The same rules do not apply to their male counterparts. Reasons given for the policy range from appearances to safety.
This is not the first time that a story about women wearing glasses at work has made the news. Last year, a woman in South Korea became the first female news anchor in the country to wear eyeglasses on-air. Both of these stories resulted in a strong outpouring of support for these women and opened a dialogue to address the fact that women around the world continue to face cultural stigmas when they need to wear eyeglasses.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 56% of the world’s blind and 55% of those with vision impairment are women. When women are discouraged from correcting their vision, serious long-term consequences can result, including blindness. Besides the health ramifications, opportunities for education, work and a good future are also affected. The bottom line is that women are still, in many parts of the world, viewed as “defective” when wearing glasses.
We know that this opinion is not true.
Our belief is that when women wear glasses and can see the world around them, they can be their most “effective” selves. At the Vision Impact Institute, we’re raising awareness about this issue and advocating for women’s vision everywhere.
Thank you for standing up for women around the world and doing your part to break down the barriers standing in the way of good vision for all.