There has been a lot of discussion about the professionalism of Black women’s natural hair in the workplace. Dove co-founded the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Coalition with National Urban League, Color Of Change, and Western Center on Law and Poverty. The CROWN Act (SB 188) was recently passed in California and Gov. Gavin Newsome signed bill, and Senator Holly Mitchell, who initially proposed it, stood surrounded by cosmetologists, as well as Esi Eggleston Bracey, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of North America Beauty and Personal Care at Unilever, the parent company of Dove.
“For us, it is a symbol of who we are,” Mitchell said. “For Dove, for the industry to understand, this is a movement.”
Mitchell added, it is important for Black women to go to school and go to work and not need to alter their hair to meet someone else’s comfort level.
Similar legislation passed in New York and there is another making its way through New Jersey. So, could legislation specifically ending discrimination against black hair in the workplace find its way to Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s desk? Would it get approved?
For more about the CROWN Coalition, and the effort to ban discrimination against natural Black hairstyles in the workplace, visit www.dove.com.