I was telling a colleague recently about the work Girls’ Uniform Agenda does in advocating that all girls in all schools across Australia have the option of shorts and pants as everyday school wear. My colleague looked at me and stammered, “but, but, don’t schools have to allow that? Don’t we have legislation that means they are required to do that already?” Legal loopholes I have faced this comment before. In fact when I first
It’s no secret that the so-called ‘pink tax’ pushes up the price of many everyday household goods. But what might surprise you is that isn’t exclusive to the items the you would find in the stationery or toiletry aisles. It’s being seen in school uniform shops around the country and parents of girls are copping it. According to Dr Amanda Mergler, co-founder of Girls’ Uniform Agenda, the group’s preliminary research shows there is a clear discrepancy between
It should come as no surprise that we at Girls’ Uniform Agenda love to see girls being active. It is one of the key reasons why we push so hard for girls to have practical uniforms at school. It was a delight to walk through the gates of a prestigious all-girls school in Melbourne’s inner north west and see a group of girls in their sports uniforms kicking the football on the grass at lunch
“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
Thank you for joining us! This is Girls’ Uniform Agenda’s Women at Work campaign. It may be hard to believe, but many girls at school are told that they must wear dresses and skirts as school uniform because that’s what girls and women wear, and this will prepare them for the workforce. We know however that many, many women wear shorts and pants everywhere, including to work. This campaign is our celebration of short-wearing and pant-wearing
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.
“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
How To Take Part: Get Your Pants On For Girls Thank you for joining us! This is Girls’ Uniform Agenda’s 2017 International Day of the Girl Child campaign. A celebration of short-wearing and pant-wearing school girls across Australia. It’s so easy too! We’ve made the posters, all you need to do is find one you like, print it off, put your shorts or pants on, find your friends and take a photo! If your school allows