Post by the Omrud
There's also the question of acceptable dress. Where people are
required to dress in a reasonably smart manner, what women can wear is
different from what men can wear. I know schools where men must wear
shirt and tie, but women can wear a plain t-shirt, which would not be
allowed for the men.
It's just one of those incomprehensible things I gave up worrying about
some decades ago. I fortunately spent 40 years in an industry where few
people worried about clothing. Directors and sales staff often wore
suits, but nobody took any notice of what the rest of us wore, except in
London HQ where there was a "no jeans" rule. But that was it.
It's easier for blokes to wear the "uniform" of suit and tie. Even if
they wear a shirt and trousers, without jacket and tie, it's still
easy. You can go into pretty much any men's clothing shop and buy a
shirt and a pair of trousers that would pass as acceptable in most
Go into any women's clothes shop and try and buy a comparable neutral
shirt / blouse and skirt / trousers that
a) are a plain, non "fashion" colour
b) not covered in embroidery, sparkly bits, pin tucks etc
c) have pockets big enough to hold something other than a folded
or any of the other fashion issues that beset women's clothing and
life gets very frustrating.
OTOH, I do tend to think that what women wear in work environments can
sometimes be considered as less appropriate, especially in the summer.
The company I used to work for came up with a revised dress code that
basically said you couldn't wear the following for work:
vest tops / camisole tops
sports shirts or shirts with inappropriate logos 
but otherwise, normal clothing was pretty much acceptable. There was
no requirement for men to wear ties or women to wear skirts/dresses,
but we were supposed to dress as though we were at work.
 Things like YSL or polo logos were acceptable. MUFC / CFC or
similar were not.