As the world celebrates the Miss Universe crown being placed on the natural hair of South African Zozibini Tunzi, lawmakers in the US are introducing legislation to ban discrimination against natural hair.
Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Cory Booker has unveiled the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act – or CROWN Act.
African American women are 50% more likely to be sent home from the workplace due to their hair, and 80% of them feel they need to change their hair when they go to work, according to a study from personal care brand Dove which is supporting this legislation.
The bill bans discrimination based on hair that is commonly associated with a specific race or national origin – so that includes hair that is tightly coiled or tightly curled, locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, and Afros.
Now Democratic presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker has officially unveiled federal legislation that would ban discrimination based on hair textures and hairstyles – nationwide.
Zozibini Tunzi’s victory – a high profile celebration of the beauty of an African woman with natural hair – only serves to reinforce this message.