Glass staircase not dress friendly
A glass staircase is causing women to rethink taking the stairs.
June 9th, 2011
08:44 PM ET

Glass staircase not dress friendly

For years, women across America have dealt with glass ceilings. But now, women in Ohio have a new problem - glass floors.

A $105 million courthouse opened in Franklin County, Ohio, on Monday, but the builders seemed to have forgotten one thing - the bottom of the stairs, reports affiliate 10TV. The staircase is made of glass.

Dress wearers need to avoid taking the stairs, according to Franklin County Judge Julie Lynch, who wears dresses under her robes almost every day.

"I wear dresses because that's my personal choice," Lynch told 10TV. "When you stand under the stairwell, you can see right up through them.”

She speculates that men, who didn’t take half the population into account, designed the stairs.

Attorney Lori Johnson was startled by the transparent stairs. She worries not only about stares, but also how many cell phones have cameras attached.

“The next thing you know, you’re on the internet,” Johnson said, according to 10TV. “It sounds like a lawsuit in the making.”

While security guards warn women about taking the stairs, it seems most are just hoping people will be mature about the situation.

"They hope people will be mature? That's not a solution," Lynch said to 10TV. "If we had mature people that didn't violate the law, we wouldn't have this building."

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  1. CCM

    A spray can, or a few rather, of glass frosting available at JoAnn's or Michaels applied to the underside of the stairs will take care of the problem. OR rope the area off and do not allow anyone to linger under the stairs. The spray paint is cheaper.

    June 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eric

    Great investigative work CNN. Knocked it out of the park.

    June 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jimbo

    I wonder when Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan will show up.

    June 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Duane Burghard

    uhhh, can't we just lay some kind of translucent overlay on the stairs? Is this really news?

    June 9, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. peter

    exciting and life changing news.

    Thumbs up CNN.

    June 9, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronna

      Wonder what else is out there woman have to worry about what men designed? Glass stair cases, peep holes, mops, cleaning rags, dresses-just about all women's clothing, cars etc..and they write domestic violence laws-laws that do not protect women from male perpetrators. HUM >>>> Men still think woman are slaves ! Here in the US, men thing woman are play toys, they are lesser than them HUM >>>> true, very true. The women who stay in male controlling relationships give men all the right to continue to do bad to women. No, I am NOT....I know what you are thinking. I think woman should rule the world more-that is all! You have to watch out thought for the women who are women haters. WOW! Let me tell you what! I have had a few women college professors, and if they like the young men over the women in their class.....shew wee!! women in college do not stand a chance. Actually, the best is to have a male professor. I could go on and on.
      So, do we live in a man's world? If we do, who is the blame?

      June 11, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. jmarquis

    I'm sure the government will choose the most expensive route possible... instead of putting an overlay down, they'll probably spend $50,000 to tear it down and rebuild the staircase.

    June 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • GoldenMoral

      haha...yes that's what usually happens...first a steering committee will discuss this for a year to come up with a solution

      June 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • sanjosemike

      Not before environmentalists will foment a lawsuit preventing its change due to possible damage to "hairy-critters."


      June 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. madbass207

    i maen what the heck its not that big of a deal

    June 9, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • hello1010

      Let me're a dude. Right?

      June 18, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chris

    What about all the staircases that don't have risers at all?

    June 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • sanjosemike

      Nobody gets a "rise" out of it.


      June 9, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronna

      Go up sober.

      June 11, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      All staircases have risers. It's another word for 'steps'. If it didn't have risers, it'd be a big slide.

      June 21, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. ga

    Has anyone else here noticed that the (treads) steps are actually not glass, merely the risers? There are thousands of open stairs like this all over the world. You can look across them but not upwards so how can some pervert look UP women's skirts? Frosts the risers and get over it. OH, and never walk into an Apple store, this is exactly how they design their stairs.
    What a bogus article. Whoever came up with the idea for this should not be working for CNN, please look for better talent.

    June 9, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • GoldenMoral

      agreed...the judge made a fool of herself
      dr prude

      June 9, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan

    Transparent or absent RISERS occur all across the world. Do a google image search for 'open stair'. This is not a story, just one miffed judge who managed to get the security guards and a news guy on her side.

    June 9, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronna

      I see stair cases like this all over Lexington KY.

      June 11, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Anthony Weiner

    I think it's a great idea!

    June 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lola

    Preverts!! I love the classic design a definite nod to modernism, but alas not all target groups were considered in this concept. Better on paper I think ! 🙂

    June 9, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Architect 101

    This is actually a strategy used to save on energy cost within a building. By using daylight to illuminate the building during peak occupancy, you reduce the amount of energy spent on lighting. Its also called passive solar design, just an FYI. I guess the builders missed that one, but it should be a quick fix. As more sustainable buildings are constructed, there will probably be more stories like this one. Looks like a cool building to work in tho...

    June 9, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ross Phillips

    CNN – You need to take a better look at the stories that you are covering. As Jessica mentioned above, there are more important items to bring to the attention of the public.

    June 9, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. marklander

    Easy fix

    June 9, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
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