Black girls can’t dress their way out of racist or sexist policies
Schools are opening their doors to a new group of students, ready to take lessons designed to shape their lives and worldviews in lasting, meaningful ways. But what lessons will they draw from restrictive school dress codes? Nothing good. Yet, schools such as Roosevelt High School, which fared poorly in the National Women’s Law Center analysis of school dress codes, continue to enforce rigid dress code rules, regulating girls’ bodies with detailed descriptions of “appropriate” necklines, fit and shirt type and even banning skirts, dresses and shorts entirely.