There goes another! New Jersey is the latest state to join the ranks of those banning natural hair discrimination. The refreshing yet shocking bill, considering it's 2019, makes the state the third to institute the change, after California and New York.
And it comes right on time, with news of celebrities like Gabrielle Union enduring workplace abuse in reference to their hair. The bill once again places emphasis on the importance of such laws. Check out the details and the game-changing lawmaker who helped make it all happen.
In February, the state of New York banned hair discrimination in the workplace.
"The New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) protects the rights of New Yorkers to maintain natural hair or hairstyles that are closely associated with their racial, ethnic, or cultural identities, the bill read. For black people, this includes the right to maintain natural hair, treated or untreated hairstyles such as locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, fades, Afros, and/or the right to keep hair in an uncut or untrimmed state."
Violations of this law are subject to a $250,000 fine.
The exciting change came not long after Kelly Rowland teamed up with Dove to let girls know that their natural hair is beautiful.
In a powerful song called "Crown," she celebrated hair of all shapes, colors, and textures. It was all a part of Dove's push for the CROWN Act. "We co-founded the CROWN Coalition (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) in partnership with the National Urban League, Color Of Change, and Western Center on Law and Poverty. Our mission is to advance efforts to end hair discrimination and to create a more equitable and inclusive beauty experience for black women and girls," the brand's website reads.
The act was passed with the help of California State Senator Holly J. Mitchell, who kicked off the initiative first in California and set the tone for others.
The leader in getting the bill passed shared her experience with Good Morning America back in August. "Like many others, I wore braids with elaborate beads throughout my own high school experience in the '80s and have rocked every trend since –– from a Jheri curl and permed asymmetrical bob to the precision barber cut, and now, for 15 years, locs," she said.
Everyone else needs to take notes.
There's no reason that every single state shouldn't adopt this ban. Women of color and our natural hair isn't just a fad or a trend — it's here to stay, and it should be embraced in all its forms no matter the environment.