Target: Kentucky School Boards Association Executive Director Michael Armstrong
Goal: Help ensure dress code policies in Kentucky public schools are revised to no longer target and oppress female students.
A Kentucky high school student was reportedly told that her outfit was against the school’s dress code policy because her collarbones were visible. The insanely strict dress code aims to shame and punish the female students who show as little as their knees, shoulders or collarbones. The details of the dress code require that females only wear rounded necklines or a fully buttoned-up shirt, save for the first button.
Students like those who’ve already been punished this year have referred to the dress code as sexist since it solely targets the knees, shoulders, and collarbones of females and not males. This blatant display of sexism is unacceptable. Students should be required to follow an appropriate dress code, but not something as strict as Woodford High School’s.
The mother of the student punished for exposing her collarbone — and nothing more — said that parents are being called away from their jobs to come get children who are dressed inappropriately.
The public schools in Kentucky need to stop contributing to the idea that women need to cover non-intimate parts of their body just to keep the males in control. Please demand the school board remove the sexist aspects of the dress code policy immediately.
Dear Kentucky School Board Association Executive Director Michael Armstrong,
It’s been called to the attention of the public that Kentucky public schools have sexist and unnecessarily strict dress codes that target and shame females, even when they’re appropriately dressed.
One example is Woodford High School, which has already punished a number of female students. Their policy forbids any showing of the collarbone, knees or shoulders. These non-intimate parts of the body shouldn’t call for complete coverage.
Furthermore, it sends a negative message to students. We urge you to help make sure the sexist targeting of female students in the dress code policies of Kentucky schools are changed immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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