The House Passed a Bill That Would Make It Illegal to Discriminate Against Natural Hair
Rep. Ilhan Omar announced the news on Twitter.
Back in January 2019, California Senator Holly J. Mitchell introduced the CROWN Act (it stands for Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair), which Governor Gavin Newsom would sign into law, making it illegal for employers and public schools to discriminate against Black people who choose to wear their hair in its natural state or in a protective style. Today, Rep. Ilhan Omar announced that the House of Representatives passed legislation (H.R. 5309) to make it a nationwide mandate, not just an exception in a few states. In addition to California, Colorado, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, and New York also passed hair-based discrimination acts. Next, the CROWN Act will move to the Senate. Pending a vote there, the CROWN Act could end hair discrimination nationwide.
"It has been incredibly gratifying to witness the progress that Dove and the CROWN Coalition have made," Esi Eggleston Bracey, executive vice president and chief operating officer of North American beauty and personal care at Unilever, told InStyle back in July. "Hair discrimination has impacted the Black community for far too long and the support and excitement over the CROWN Act lets us know that we are on the right path and making a difference."
For far too long, Black women have been penalized for simply existing as themselves—that ends today.— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) September 21, 2020
The House just passed the CROWN Act to end hair discrimination.
This passage is long overdue, but an important step forward to combat racial discrimination. https://t.co/v4D76QZT6H
According to the Crown Act's official website, "Black women are 1.5 times more likely to be sent home from the workplace because of their hair" and 80% of Black women report feeling like they have to change their natural hair to fit into their office environment.