The CROWN Act, which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) has passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, another step toward eradicating hair discrimination and making the act become federal law. Now the act will go before the U.S. Senate, which would allow it to bypass going through each state.
Amid a global reckoning on racial injustice and the need to dismantle systemic racism across institutions – including workplaces and schools – the CROWN Act plays a necessary part in ending race-based hair discrimination based on race-based hairstyles and hair texture, such as braids, locs, twists and knots.
Dove, which has been a huge supporter of The Crown Act, said that Black women are 80 percent more likely than white women to feel the need to change their hair from its natural state to fit in at the office.
And, Black women are 30 percent more likely to be made aware of a formal workplace appearance policy, as well as 1.5 times more likely to be sent home from the workplace because of their hair.
With the help of Dove and other co-founding members of the CROWN Coalition (Color of Change, National Urban League, Western Center on Law & Poverty), seven states have passed The CROWN Act including New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Colorado, Maryland, California and Washington. The act was first introduced in California in January 2019 and signed into law July 3 of that year.