D.C. Girls Claim Discrimination In School Dress Codes

Nasirah and her twin sister, Fatimah, a senior at School Without Walls, were among 21 D.C. black girls recruited by youth advocacy group Girls Inc. to participate in a study by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) on dress code policies at local public schools. In addition to getting feedback from students, researchers also examined handbooks at all but three high schools in the District, and say they found evidence of gender discrimination in the dress code policies. The students who were interviewed, who represented 12 different public schools, including charter schools, said they also believed there was racial discrimination in the way the rules are enforced.