Hearing directly from young girls about their frustration with outdated uniform policies is always powerful. We know that those school girls that speak out are hugely influential in creating change in their school community. Here’s another young uniform activist, Scarlett; we’re cheering her on in her campaign for girls to be able to have uniform choice. This is the speech that Scarlett gave to her class – she’s still waiting for the school to catch
This collaborative piece was born out of the very first meeting between It’s Not a Compliment (INAC) and Girls’ Uniform Agenda. Connecting the dots between the policing of girls’ school uniforms, and street harassment, we explore how children are taught to accept cultures of victim-blaming and inequality from a young age. In this piece, Amy Blain, the Director and ACT Representative of GUA, works alongside INAC’s Community Liaison Officer and GUA Supporter, Alex Lee, to
Where we have come from When we started this journey of arguing that all girls in all schools should have shorts and pants as part of their every day uniform, we were often met with dismissal or outrage. Early 2017 feels far away now, but there were educators, principals and parents ready to tear us apart when we dared to argue that a girl who felt more comfortable wearing shorts or pants to school, rather
Girls’ schools, despite their overwhelming public marketing message of female empowerment, largely continue to deny girls’ the right to wear shorts and pants to school. While these schools often talk of creating an environment where gender stereotyping is not present, they lay down a tightly controlled rule on what is acceptable female dress. They perpetuate and reinforce the gender stereotype that girls wear skirts and dresses, and tell girls that they must look a certain
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
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
This article was originally published by the Independent Education Union – Queensland and Northern Territory Branch in Issue 1 (Volume 48) 2018 edition of Independent Education. Sara El Sayed explores the implications of not offering girls alternative school uniform options.
Article featured in Association of Women’s Educators’ magazine, Redress, December 2017