School uniforms, some love them and some hate them. When it comes to dress codes it’s largely discussed that restrictions are higher on girls than on the guys. But maybe this is a step towards change. A North Carolina school can no longer require female students to wear skirts, a federal appeals court has ruled.
In a decision handed down on Tuesday, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Leland’s Charter Day School violated students’ equal protection rights by forcing them to wear skirts to class. The ruling overturns a previous court decision that supported the requirement after determining charter schools aren’t subject to the same rules as public schools. The lawsuit was filed by parents who said the skirt requirement put their daughters at a disadvantage.
“I’m glad the girls at Charter Day School will now be able to learn, move and play on equal terms as the boys in school,” says parent Bonnie Peltier, one of the plaintiffs in the case. “In 2022, girls shouldn’t have to decide between wearing something that makes them uncomfortable or missing classroom instruction time.” In North Carolina, a public school has not been able to require female students to wear skirts for years. This case, involving a charter school essentially named the institutions as “state actors”. Under that ruling, they would also be subject to the Constitution’s equal protection clause.