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. GoldenMoral

    What a total nonsense...the stairs are not made out of glass...there are literally thousands of staircases built like this...
    What is that troll doing warning the girls?
    Only in America :o)

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

      I guess then there are literally thousands of dumb men engineering/designing. Since when is someone warning someone of something make them a troll? Only some Americans?! : 0

      June 9, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Velocity

      What a stupid judge.

      June 9, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lejaune

    They should all wear underwear under the dress. Problem solved.

    June 9, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jules

      If people wanted their underwear seen they would show them when they are not walking on glass staircases!

      June 9, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • LEB

      Uh, problem not solved. Do you think these women want the entire world to see their underwear?

      June 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • junior

      You are a moron. If they catch the pervert, I would hope they would beat the crap out of him.

      June 9, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike Goble

    We have glass stairs here in CA and women go up and down them every day. I sincerely doubt, oh court reporters and attorneys of Franklin County, that people will be trying to see up your Ann Taylor skirts- they can see a lot better on the internet for free.

    June 9, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ned Racine

      It's Ohio.

      June 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Politico

      You people are missing the point of the staircase. To be politically correct, they designed the stairs specifically for Muslim women so all non-Muslims have to take the stairs.

      June 13, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Geoz

    Only in America can we actually consider another POV. And we should have on this one. Fail for designers and builders.

    June 9, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank ( R-Ohio )

    – This Just In –
    "Weiner found in stairwell"

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


      June 9, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ned Racine

      Actually, according to our new found sensibilities, this makes all women "guilty" of what Weiner did,

      June 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bob

    "If we had mature people that didn't violate the law, we wouldn't have this building."

    Right, because the mark of maturity is obeying every single law, even if it's immoral or baseless.

    June 9, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jules

      And it's not immoral to look up someone's skirt!!!!???!!!!! People going to court usually are there for non minor law infractions!

      June 9, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jules

    For the last few commenters are you aware that this is a court house where the more unsavory people have to come? Did you not look at the video at how you can almost see up the woman's shorts? This one huge mistake on the part of the designer/engineer!!!

    June 9, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • AGuy

      Oh will you quit whining already? For accessibility, there is an elevator if you're SO worried about people looking up your dress. But please remember this: not everyone is so anxious to look up your skirt! Going by your incessant whining in your comments, I sincerely doubt that you're attractive anyway.

      June 9, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • SnifflesInOK

      @AGuy – Zing!

      June 9, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dogma

      Good grief AGUY, just cause you're a loser don't assume the other posters are..

      June 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Politico

      I looked up girls skirts in high-school. Open risers, clear view, no undies. That, my friends, made me the successful politician I am today. C'mon, who didn't? There were no elevators. Not a pretty site, either.

      June 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • hello1010

      Oh look! Misogynists and d-bags adding their two cents! How long did that take??

      June 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rod C. Venger

    It's not like there's a row of chairs sitting under the stairs for people to sit in.

    June 9, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. leeintulsa

    It's a big deal because it's not some place that people choose to go. The workers do, everyone else *has* to to stay out of jail.

    On the other hand, are there not alternate stairs or even elevators in this courthouse, *especially* for employees?

    I'd put up signs that say something like, 'WARNING: EPeople can see up your dress ahead. Your alternate route is..' and so on. How hard is that?

    June 9, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • LEB

      How hard is it to realize that women generally don't want strangers to be able to see up their skirts?

      June 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Politico

      Don't wear skirts. Solved.

      June 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Captain Obvious

    Seems like it would be pretty easy to tint the glass. D'oh

    June 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jules

      Finally someone with some answers! I thought frosting the glass might work also.

      June 9, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Obvious

      Yes, simple answers to seemingly complex problems. And I work cheap, too. 😉

      June 9, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JJ

    Perhaps a little _too_ friendly for dress-wearers.

    June 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    This "news" story is further evidence that CNN is slowly moving towards having a website more like TMZ or OK! magazine than the New York Times or Washington Post.

    June 9, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. common sense

    there are millions of staircases like this. And they are all a problem for women. We shouldn't have to deal with this crap. Underwear, yes we wear them and they are private, so that is not a solution. Maturity? Thats a laugh. Women everywhere should complain LOUDLY, Preferably with LAWSUITS

    June 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catfish Jackson

      Architects shouldn't have to change their designs because they're worried some woman out there may be offended. Men wear loose fitting shorts with loose fitting boxers all the time which allows our "stuff" to be viewed if someone is standing directly under us. That fact right there gives men more of a reason to complain but you don't hear us doing it do you? STFU or use an elevator.

      June 9, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dogma

      Hey Catfish, cause perverts like you want to show your stuff woman shouldn't complain that they don't want to show theirs? Ya, makes perfect sense. Not.

      June 9, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pasquale

      I'm willing to bet no one will want to look up your skirt....

      June 9, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mick

      That's what this world needs. More woman complaining loudly and more lawsuits.

      June 10, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Andrew

    just change the glass to be frosty or smoky so you can't see through it!

    June 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. unowhoitsme

    Was it Weiner or Edwards that awarded the contract on this one?

    June 9, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
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