We all want our beauty welcomed in all institutions. However, women have been affected by narrow definitions of prettiness, making it difficult for them to enjoy their beauty. All women experience pressure to fit specific standards. However, African American women in California are disproportionately affected by Eurocentric standards set to define what is beautiful. Society is biased on black women’s hair texture and styles.

There have not been any protections against hair discrimination until recently. The Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act prohibits bias on hair color, style and texture.

Changes from the CROWN Act

The CROWN Act was recently passed by the House of Representatives. The Act will then go to the Senate for consideration. California was the first state to support the Act. The bill is a law in six other states. Once the bill has been passed, traits associated with race, such as hair texture and style, will be protected. K-12 public and charter schools, as well as workplaces, are the main sectors where hair has been used to discriminate against people. The CROWN Act works to end hair discrimination federally.

Together in this fight

Societal norms negatively impact African American women despite the implementation of certain laws. Diversity has a significant impact on every workplace. Unfortunately, firms that fire or decline hiring African American women due to their hairstyles subvert individuals, homes and the economy. Although there are more working women than ever, there are still low numbers of working African American women. Hairstyles such as locs, Bantu knots and braids are among the lowest-ranked when it comes to what is regarded as a professional appearance.

Equality should prevail in all sectors worldwide. Additionally, you should express your individuality without consequences. If you feel the CROWN Act has been used against you in the workplace, do not hesitate to consult an attorney who is knowledgeable about employment law.