It may be 2017, but Black women have been discriminated against for their natural hair for decades. And, as hard it may be to believe, the U.S. Army instituted a ban against servicewomen wearing twists, locs and large cornrows in 2014. But after much outrage (many believed the regulations placed a burden on black women) the Army lifted the ban, and is now allowing cornrows and braids to be included in its list of acceptable hairstyles.
As an added victory, the Army is now allowing Muslim women to wear hijabs and male soldiers to wear beards and turbans as long as it’s required by their religious faith. We’re thrilled the armed forces is finally allowing soldiers to be themselves, but it begs the question: Why the heck wasn’t this an option before?
Press Release: Coalition of Black Women Leaders Call for Changes to State and Federal Discrimination Laws that Allow Employers to Legally Discriminate Based On Hairstyle
**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** 03.29.2018 Coalition of Black Women Leaders Call for Changes to State and Federal Discrimination Laws that Allow Employers to Legally Discriminate Based On Hairstyle (WASHINGTON, DC) – The Justice Read more…