Court rules North Carolina school skirt requirement unconstitutional

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A North Carolina school violated the constitutional rights of its female pupils by requiring them to wear skirts, a US federal court has ruled. The Charter Day School, in the city of Leland, had said its uniform promoted girls as ‘fragile vessels’ deserving of courteous and gentle treatment. But a group of parents who challenged the policy said it put their daughters at a disadvantage compared to males. The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals agreed on Wednesday by a 10-6 vote. Writing the majority opinion, Senior Circuit Judge Barbara Milano Keenan said Charter Day had ‘imposed the skirts requirement with the express purpose of telegraphing to children that girls are “fragile”, require protection by boys, and warrant different treatment than male students, stereotypes with potentially devastating consequences for young girls’.” (06/15/22)