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Suit drive to provide suits for women studying law at UBC

Last Updated Feb 4, 2019 at 9:22 pm PST

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The cost of a suit can be a barrier for female law students

A suit drive will be helping law students at UBC

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Donations for a suit drive are now open, as a Vancouver lawyer hopes to offer free suits to women studying law at the University of British Columbia.

Kyla Lee, a lawyer at Acumen Law, says a woman’s suit can cost hundreds of dollars and that cost can be a big burden on aspiring lawyers.

“For students, for women who are supporting families, for Indigenous women, that’s a huge barrier,” she says. “It sets them back in obtaining job offers, in getting job interviews, in attending these events.”

She says women’s suits can often be double the price of men’s suits.

“There’s such a limited supply of suits for women,” Lee says. “Men can walk into stores that are entirely dedicated to providing them with affordable suits, whereas if you’re a woman, to get one good-looking suit, you’re going to be out $300.”

Lee is asking for donations of gently used women’s suits, which will then be offered to women at UBC for free on February 14 and 15th.