Tag Archives: choice

Girls Have A Right to Education Free From Discrimination

One parent’s fight, backed by the Anti-Discrimination Board, for her daughters’ rights to have the choice of wearing shorts and pants to school.  Missy M’s three daughters were very cold and uncomfortable in their dress uniform.  So, Missy asked the school principal if shorts and long pants for girls could be added to the uniform list.  Missy tells her story below: “She [the principal] said no, just like that, a straight, flat out no! I then

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Power In The Collective: Girls Speaking Up

Last year I wrote a piece about boys in the UK controversially wearing skirts to school in defiance of a strict dress code. It was hot and they were told they could not wear shorts, only long pants. So, collectively, they took a stand and all wore skirts to school. They made international news. Lone Uniform Warriors Back then, I commented that rarely do we see girls standing together in solidarity in the same way. Particularly in the school

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American girls wear shorts and pants at school. How much longer for Australian school girls?

“Who is old enough to remember…when girls could not wear pants to school?” The question on this Facebook post frustrated me; we know that anyone alive today in Australia is old enough to remember this, it still happens. After digging a little deeper, I realised the post had originated in America, and the majority of the comments underneath were from Americans. While America still has a small number of schools that do enforce uniform, most American schools do not.

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Prizewinning: Judge Us On Ability, Not On Dress

Your daughter’s about to go on stage for her public school’s awards’ ceremony, everyone should be excited.  Except they’re not, a daughter in tears, an exasperated mother and a principal bursting with anger.  This story shows that even when schools offer uniform choice, the shaming, guilt and pressure  on girls to conform to gender expectations is ever-present.  And girls’ appearance can still outweigh ability. When schools offer choice – it needs to be authentic and

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Girls To Wear The Pants At Elite Melbourne Girls School

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

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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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Campaign: Get Your Pants On For Girls!

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

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Choice for Girls in School Uniforms: Refuting Those who are Opposed

As a campaigner for the rights of girls to have shorts and pants included as choices in their everyday school uniform options, I have heard a range of arguments as to why this is unacceptable. Some parents and educators believe that it is perfectly acceptable to force girls to wear dresses and skirts to school. In this article, I take a look at each of the arguments we at Girls’ Uniform Agenda have heard to

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