Take action against discriminatory dress codes in public schools.
On the 50th anniversary of Title IX, June 24, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education announced a proposal for revised Title IX guidelines. While many of these guidelines restore rights to survivors of sexual assault and harassment, any provisions about dress codes are missing.
Dress codes across the country restrict the rights of LGBTQIA+ students to express their preferred gender, sexualize feminine students through bans on cleavage, and restrict what clothing students can wear based on their gender. The result? Missed class time disproportionately impacts feminine students, students of color, and LGBTQIA+ students. If the U.S. Department of Education specifies what schools can and cannot do in dress codes under Title IX, these discriminatory dress codes could begin to be addressed on a massive scale across the country.
These guidelines are open for public comment until September 12, 2022. During this period, we’re running a public comment campaign to speak up about the need for Title IX guidelines to address Title IX. K-12 students in U.S. public schools demand this of us—we must fight for their rights to educational equity, and by doing so, continue the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in U.S. v. Virginia started back in 1996.