This story from News and Observer caught my eye this week. Charter Day School in Brunswick County, North Carolina had a skirt requirement for female students. After parents pushed back and protested the dress code the school responded. It said it was based on “traditional values.” And went on to say that girls are “‘fragile vessels’ deserving of ‘gentle’ treatment by boys.” This is according to a federal appeals court.
Now the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, located in Richmond, Virginia, has slammed Charter Day School’s skirt requirement. In a 10-6 ruling, they decided it was unconstitutional on June 14. The case was brought by three students, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union. They said their school’s skirt rule was rooted in gender stereotypes and went against their rights under the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.