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.”
Black people and people of color should have the right to wear their natural hair however they choose without fear of discrimination.
We must pass the CROWN Act to end hair discrimination and empower everyone to be free to wear their hair naturally.
— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) September 20, 2020
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.