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DressCoded: Black Girls, Bodies & the Bias Embedded in School Dress Codes

  • Georgetown University, Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building (2nd Floor) 3700 O Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20057 United States (map)

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Across DC, Black girls are losing out on the chance to learn simply because of what they wear. According to a recent report by the National Women’s Law Center and 21 local students, girls are removed from the classroom and even sent home, often illegally, for violating strict dress codes. These rules aren’t neutral: many target girls, and especially Black girls, by regulating skirt length and headwraps.

And the rules aren’t applied equally, either. Black girls, and especially curvier students, are disproportionately targeted. Disturbingly, schools tell girls they must change in order to avoid “distracting” their male classmates — or to avoid being sexually harassed. These punishments interrupt girls’ educations while sending dangerous messages to the school community: that how a girl looks is more important than what she thinks, and that girls are ultimately responsible for the misbehavior of boys.

Join a panel of organizers, students, scholars, and administrators to learn how to combat this issue and join the DC movement to end school pushout.

Panel starts at 4:30. Reception to follow.

Space is limited, so RSVP today!


Earlier Event: September 26
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