Author Archives: Amy Blain

Dressing for Work: are school dresses preparation for future careers?

“Looking ‘business-like’, ‘dressing the part’, power-dressing’ in the corporate world and being ‘taken seriously’ in the halls of parliament.” Preparing schoolgirls for the world of work is still given as a reason for dress and skirt-only uniform policies. Let’s look at workplaces that require women to wear a dress… The world of work has transformed dramatically over the decades for women. No Australian workplace can insist on women wearing skirts or dresses, because it’s against

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Keeping Girls Active – Ditch the Dress

Woah!  A ‘D grade’ for overall physical activity – that’s a fail.  Our school children aren’t getting the recommended 60 minutes of daily exercise.  They’re essentially getting a ‘D grade’ for both overall physical activity and sedentary behaviours.   That’s pretty alarming.  We can agree we ‘must try harder’ on getting school kids to be active.  Active for longer than sports lessons The school day is long and Health & Physical Education (HPE) lessons relatively short. 

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Get Your Pants On For Girls! 

“Girls can wear shorts or pants, they just choose not to.”  Really?  It doesn’t sound likely does it?  In schools, particularly all-girls schools, is it really likely that none of the students wants to wear shorts or pants!?  Let’s put it out there that maybe something else is really going on here.  If girls are choosing not to wear shorts and pants when they could, it probably has more to do with the stigma around

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Girl Power – supporting girls who take a stand

  “Dear Mr Payne. Why can’t girls wear shorts for the summer? I am still wearing my trousers, shirt and tie but it’s a bit hot, but I don’t want to wear a dress because: 1. They show your pants 2. They are hard to run in 3. I just don’t like dresses.” – letter from 9-year-old Izzy to school principal, UK The littlest of people are driving big changes in school uniform policy.  In

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