7th March 2016 – For Immediate Release
Why are some girls still not allowed to wear trousers to school in the 21st century?
Everywhere you look you can see women and girls wearing trousers. Although in the last twenty years, very many schools have introduced trousers for girls into their uniform codes, some continue to ban them and will send home any girl who turns up wearing trousers. This ban covers the entire spectrum of schools: primary, secondary, public and private, faith and non-faith.
That is why parents of girls who have been, or are currently, banned from wearing trousers to school have launched Trousers for All, a nation-wide campaign against any ban on girls wearing trousers to school. The Trousers for All campaign aims to end this discrimination still taking place across the UK.
Banning girls from wearing trousers is not in line with the 2010 Equality Act, which puts great emphasis on the avoidance of activities and actions in all spheres of life resulting in one sex being treated less favourably by comparison with the other. The trouser ban is also not in line with the DfE documents ‘School Uniform’ (September 2013) and ‘The Equality Act 2010 and Schools’ (May 2014), which emphasise the need to avoid uniforms which are expensive and which treat one sex less favourably than the other.
Schools not allowing girls to wear trousers are contravening Government Guidelines.
Arguments in favour of allowing girls to wear trousers as part of school uniform include:
- Health and Safety
- Personal Safety
There are no rational arguments against girls wearing trousers – only prejudice.
The Trousers for All website contains statements of support from Becky Francis (Professor of Education and Social Justice, King’s College London), Beatrix Campbell (OBE for services to equality), Elly Barnes (CEO and Founder of Educate and Celebrate) and Matthew Brown (historian, Reader, University of Bristol).
Further information and contact details:
University of Manchester’s press release on the Trousers for All campaign.