In March 2017, Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May met to discuss the triggering of Article 50. The next day, The Daily Mail ran the headline: “Never Mind Brexit, Who Won Legs-it!” The reduction of two of the most powerful women in the United Kingdom to their legs provoked conflicting feelings in me; rage and sadness but also a strange sense of vindication. In the black and white sexism of the two-page article was the distillation of the argument I have been having with myself, friends, and family for my entire life – women in public are still held to a different standard from men. In Girlguiding’s 2019 “Girl’s Attitudes” survey, 41% of 11-16-year olds agreed they were “put off being leaders because there’s too much focus on their looks not what they do” and 50% “because women leaders are criticised more than male leaders”. Growing up as a girl with a lot of opinions whose early confidence has given way to crippling self-doubt, these statistics resonate with me. This work explores the impact that conversations around the appearance and likeability of women in public life have on the girls and women looking on.