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A bill that makes hair-based discrimination illegal, titled The Crown Act, has been passed in Nevada, making it the 12th state to ratify the law.
The CROWN Act stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair”. The movement aims to combat hair-based discrimination such as denial of employment and educational opportunities because of hair texture or protective hairstyles such as braids, locs, twists or bantu knots.
The Crown Act was established by a group of brands and non-profit organisations, including Dove, the National Urban League, and Color of Change, along with a team of lawmakers from across the US who helped make the law possible.
The Crown Act was first introduced in California in January 2019 and signed into law on 3 July 2019 making it the first state to sign the act after it was put forward by state senator Holly J Mitchell.
“My vision for the bill is twofold. First, by introducing the bill, I wanted to use it as an opportunity to educate my colleagues about the unique experience and opportunities of having Black hair,” said Mitchell to Glamour.
“I didn’t want them to see it as a negative. Because of my natural hair texture, I have the unique opportunity to wear these amazing natural hairstyles,” she added.
The Crown Act is being passed down state-by-state with Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Colorado, Washington, Virginia, Delaware and Connecticut having passed the law. The law has been considered but not passed in several other states. Nevada is the latest state to ratify the law joining the other 11 states.
“Victory! Nevada officially becomes the 12th State to sign the #CROWNAct! ????,” according to The Crown Act official Instagram page.
“We are one step closer to ending race-based #hairdiscrimination nationwide!” the post continued.
According to Glamour, the act was passed on a federal level by the US House of Representatives last year, but it currently awaits a review by the Senate. If approved hair discrimination will be illegal across all 50 states.