Many of you will remember how it was growing up and going to school in the 1980's and 1990's. Some of our readers might have even gone to school during an earlier time. The point being that school rules were very strictly enforced back then; including dress codes. Times have changed a lot since back in those days, yet so many schools internationally still enforce very strict and often sexist dress codes on their students/pupils. Even teachers and other staff members are expected to follow a special staff dress code policy.
In Portland USA, a sixth grader by the name of Molly Neuner decided that it was high time that someone stood up to her school's outdated (and sexist) dress code by taking a stand herself. Never did she picture/imagine that her actions would land her on the cover of various hit magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue and Allure. But just how did this 11-year-old girl from Maine manage to make it into not only national but international headlines?
Read below to find out how she did it.
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The reason Molly Neuner was reprimanded was because her choice of outfit broke the school's dress code.
Neuner reportedly said that her class had recently held a meeting with their teachers in which they discussed the topic of the school's dress code. Two teachers then apparently stated that the reason why the code was still enforced was because the girls' clothing choices could be a possible 'distraction' to the boys attending the school.
In order to take a stand against her school's policy (dress code) that she (and others) deemed incredibly sexist, Molly decided to do something very brave in rebellion.
She (Molly) went to school the following Monday wearing a similar tank top, in deliberate violation of the school's dress code.
She also wrote the words, "I am not a distraction" on her arm.
Around 20 other girls in Molly's class decided to break the dress code and take a stand that day too. "It was so cool to see everyone doing it," said Molly.
According to necn.com, the stand all the girls took that day "has prompted school officials to review the dress code policy, and ask for student input at the end of the school year to make possible changes."
Molly told the Herald regarding the school's decision to review their policy that, "I'm happy they're going to look at it, but I want to make sure they really do it".
Molly's stand has however not been the first against school dress code policies. All over the world girls are taking a stand for what they believe in. In fact, various viral social media campaigns against sexist dress code policies are in existence. Campaigns such as the following: