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TROUSER BLOG – Story from a young uniform activist.

This Blog by Jess Insall originally appeared on the website of Girls Uniform Agenda (www.girlsuniformagenda.org) and is reproduced by kind permission of the author and Girls Uniform Agenda.   We republish it here to  inspire other young uniform activists to speak out and stand up for their right to wear trousers     ‘ In November 2016, I stood outside my school office clutching a small envelope addressed to the head teacher. After spending hours […]

BOOK REVIEW – Equal Power: and how you can make it happen

Equal Power : and how you can make it happen Jo Swinson Atlantic books 2018 ( IBSN 9781786491879) Review by jess Insall “This isn’t just a book, it’s a call to arms. You’re holding an action plan for a world of Equal Power where each individual can make their own choices, free of any constraints imposed by their gender.” Jo Swinson’s ‘Equal Power’ is a blueprint for the society we should be, and can be, […]

TROUSER BLOG – Do you hear the people sing?

‘Do you hear the people sing? It is the voice of angry men’.   These are the first lines of one of the songs from the musical Les Miserables, the story about (amongst other things) a group of student idealists in the turbulent aftermath of the French Revolution. This particular song is about the rising voice of ‘the people’ who were still being oppressed by a government which was blind to their wants and needs, […]

TROUSER BLOG – A Boy in A Dress !!!!

This post by G Fay Edwards  originally appeared on her blog ‘Candy Stripes and Camouflage’ and is reproduced by kind permission of the author.   As we all know, historically, women wore dresses of various levels of impracticality, while men – and only men – wore trousers. Back in the day, a woman in trousers looked as wrong to the people of Western society as a man in a dress does to most of them […]

TROUSER BLOG – Going backwards instead of forward

This last week the TfA twitter feed and Facebook Page  has been buzzing with comments  about the events going on at Connahs Quay High  School in North Wales (http://www.deeside.com/parents-anger-at-connahs-quay-high-school-plans-to-ban-girls-from-wearing-trousers/) This is a mixed, state school, where currently the girls can wear trousers as part of their school uniform – which is good. However apparently some of the girls have been wearing the ‘wrong  kind of trousers’ i.e  denim trousers, trousers that are too tight, and leggings […]

TROUSER BLOG – Should Teachers Wear a Uniform ?

 We are living in an increasingly ‘uniformed’ society. It seems that everywhere I look people are wearing a uniform to identify where they work or what group they belong to. It is not just the casual clothes of fashion that certain groups use to distinguish themselves from others but actual ‘uniforms’. Sometimes, but not always, paid for by the employer. Of course we know that a lot of schools are very keen on pupils wearing […]

TROUSER BLOG – School Uniform: the new corporal punishment ?

Every September it happens – there is a row about school uniforms with children being sent home because their skirts are too short/ trousers are too tight/ ties are too askew- and so it goes on. This year it reached a new height, with one school-  Hartsdown Academy in Margate, sending pupils home with socks that were too frilly and other such minor infringements. The police were called- or did they just happen to be […]

TROUSER BLOG – It is not what you wear but what it represents that matters

In the same way that there are no rational arguments for girls not being allowed to wear trousers to school, the burkini saga this summer has been instructive in demonstrating that it is not what you wear but what it represents. As someone with fair skin and fair hair who goes to the beach plastered in factor 50 sun cream, I find the idea of a burkini rather attractive. Presumably the material it is made […]

TROUSER BLOG – Brexit, Wimbledon and high heels

With so much going on recently with Brexit debacles and the disintegration of the Government and the Opposition etc, it was heartening to see the leading ladies, Theresa and Andrea, wearing trousers to work.  However, Wimbledon has now finished and (of course) there is always something to say about the clothes worn by the female players. Wimbledon has a very strict dress code which applies to everyone. White must be worn and colour has to […]

TROUSER BLOG – The first 100 twitter followers

Last week TfA reached 100 Twitter followers – we think that this is a great achievement for a group which has a very specific remit i.e. campaigning for all girls to be allowed to wear trousers as part of their school uniform. We also have over 100 members of our Facebook group. Taking part in these Social Media forums has been a great experience for us, not least because we have discovered groups that previously […]

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