Category Archives: Blog

Why Pants & Shorts for Girls are the Key to the Door

Issy is one of Girls’ Uniform Agenda’s Young Uniform Activist, Issy tells her story and explains why this fight is more than just a pair of shorts or pair of pants. My name is Issy and I have attended a coeducational public school since year 7.  I am the pinnacle of a radical intersectional feminist and when thinking about how gender inequality impacted day to day life for young people, school uniforms and their problematic

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Small People, Small School, Big Change: St Dom’s Brings in Shorts for Girls

St Dominic’s Catholic School is a small school in Western Australia, with 65 of the 146 students being girls. Olivia and Josie were two of the young uniform activists that petitioned their school principal and won the right for girls to have the choice of wearing shorts as their everyday uniform.  They started back in 2017, when Josie was just 7 and Olivia, 8, and featured in our GUA Poster for International Day of the

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Court Strikes Down School’s Policy Requiring Girls to Wear Skirts/Skorts

Girls’ Uniform Agenda are thrilled to read today that three young girls in America have successfully sued their public school for forcing them to wear skirts to school. A North Carolina Court in the USA ruled that it is unlawful for a public school to require girls to wear skirts. The three students – aged 5, 10, and 14 – argued that wearing skirts restricted their movement, inhibited them in school situations such as playing

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Freedom, Childhood, and School Dresses

Guest Blog from GUA Supporter, Alex Lee, ANU Student, Jasiri Trailblazer Fellow 2018 A Child’s Mind (and body) For me, primary school is synonymous with a feeling; that sensation of pure unbounded freedom, joy, and limitless possibility evoked by the ringing of the lunchtime bell and the running of six hundred feet in a kind of ritualised race across the oval and towards the Playground. I distinctly remember the sensation of a ball of energy and

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Uniform Shop Conversations: Dresses for Girls

I was buying more shorts for my little one and speaking to another Kindy parent whilst waiting in line at the uniform shop. Our conversation was a reminder of just how strongly ingrained in school cultures it is for girls to wear skirts and dresses.  It went like this: Mum:  I wish Aisha* would wear shorts and a top to school.  All she’ll wear is the skort and top. Me: Yes, I don’t see the

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Freedom of Uniform Choice Begins With Us!

Guest blog from our NSW Girls Uniform Rep, Karina McDougall We talk a lot about schools and policymakers offering girls a choice to wear shorts and pants with their uniform.  But what about when schools offer that choice to girls, but parents deny their daughters the freedom to exercise that choice? Take for example this conversation which took place in the uniform shop of one school this week: Daughter: Mum I want some shorts! Mum: No you have dresses. I’ll buy you the shirt

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**WARNING** Long List of Excuses For Refusing Girls Choice of Pants & Shorts

As 2019 takes off, we’re all still thinking about whether we should make new year’s resolutions and what the year ahead holds.  Here’s a reminder of the reasons we’ve heard for refusing girls the choice of pants and shorts.  If you’ve been thinking about doing something, or been put-off by your school, get in touch and get connected to your state rep.  If you’ve had a success, make sure you let us know, you can

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Schools Ban Pants and Shorts for Girls

Said no headline ever. Requiring girls to wear dresses and skirts, with no other options, is a ban on shorts and pants.   We see Australian headlines of schools banning skirts and dresses; and the absolute outrage in the UK following the decision of 40 secondary schools to ban skirts.  We don’t see headlines of the shorts and pants ban for girls.  Yet, girls still can’t wear shorts and pants in schools across Australia, in

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