Demand Gender-Equal Dress Codes in Schools

Target: John B. King Jr., Acting Secretary of Education

Goal: Mandate gender-equal dress codes nationally to support gender-nonconforming students.

A school lunch lady allegedly refused to serve a male student because he wore a bow in his hair. This is one of many examples of discrimination based on an antiquated dress code. Urge all schools across the nation to switch to gender-equal dress codes and make schools a safe place for gender-nonconforming students.

Students are up in arms over discriminatory dress codes. At Buchanan High School, students formed a protest. Boys came to school wearing dresses and some donned shirts with the phrase “Dress Code Sucks.” This sparked online protests across the nation. Nineteen percent of the middle and high school students surveyed claimed that they were prevented from wearing certain clothing based on their gender. Others claim to have been singled out, shamed, and accused of distracting other students with their attire.

Schools must reexamine their policies to meet the needs of all students. Demand that schools put an end to gender-biased dress codes.


Dear Mr. King,

Antiquated school dress codes promote a sexist and non-inclusive environment. Students are punished for wearing clothing that goes against their perceived gender. We demand a mandated gender-equal dress code in all schools in support of gender- nonconforming students.

Boys are punished for wearing bows and dresses. Girls are told that they are ‘distracting the boys’ when they wear leggings. A dress code’s purpose is not to shame or belittle a student. Something must be done.

Times are changing. Schools must adapt in order to preserve the well-being of their students. We demand a mandated gender-equal dress code in all schools.


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