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News of the Day: House passes bill that would bar hair discrimination

On Monday, the House passed the CROWN Act, a bill that prohibits discrimination on the basis of a person’s hair texture or hairstyle if it is usually associated with a certain race. 

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The CROWN Act was first introduced in January 2019 in California, where it was signed into law later that July. Since then, the bill has become law in a total of 7 states. To achieve federal power, H.R. 5309 will have to be approved by the Senate and then make its way to the president.

This push for legislation is indeed a necessity: Black women are 1.5 times more likely to be sent home from the workplace because of their hair. Notably, a study by Dove found Black women are 80 percent more like to agree with the statement, “I have to change my hair from its natural state to fit in at the office.”

The bill ensures protections for students and employees, as it prohibits such discrimination in federally assisted programs, housing programs, public accommodations and employment. After all, “CROWN” stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.” 

The official campaign for the CROWN Act is run by Dove, the National Urban League, Color of Change and the Western Center of Law & Poverty. To become involved, you can find their petition here and other ways to contact your legislators here.

Haley Bosselman
Haley Bosselman is the editor-in-chief of Culturas. She grew up in Orange County and moved to Los Angeles after earning her bachelor's degree in journalism from Arizona State University. In May 2020, Haley completed the Master of Science in journalism program at the University of Southern California. She's written a lot about music, but is geared toward any culture-related storytelling.
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