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School Girl Wins Right to Wear Pants to School

First-grader wins right to wear pants to school

Is it time for schools to change their school uniform policy and allow girls to wear pants as well as dresses?

One mum from Melbourne thinks so and her first-grader daughter has won the right to wear trousers after she was told she had to wear the girl’s standard uniform of dress and stockings.

When Asha Cariss told her mum, Simone, that she felt uncomfortable playing in her dress and stockings, the mother went to the school to ask if her daughter could wear pants instead.

The request was denied which made the determined mother to start an online petition for change to the girls school uniforms.

Ms Cariss told The Age,” I’ve raised my daughter to feel like she can do anything and then it comes to something as simple as going to school and feeling comfortable in her own skin, and she’s forced to wear a dress. ”

“I’d challenge people to find a workplace where women are required to wear dresses, it’s discrimination based on gender in schools and I think it needs to be changed.”

Over 7000 people signed the petition in support to the action.

The overwhelming number of supporters prompted the Catholic school to explain they had miscommunicated their no to Ms Cariss.

As a result, Asha is allowed to wear pants and her request for other girls at her school to wear the same is being reviewed by the school as well.

“I just want this to be changed for every little girl out there who wants to wear pants like half of their peers. It’s not about naming and shaming the school.”

We’d like to know what you think? Should girls have the option of wearing pants and/or shorts as part of their school uniform? Or should parents and students wear the uniform that the school sets out? Would you have signed the petition for change? We’d love to know your thoughts!

Rebecca Senyard

Rebecca Senyard

Rebecca Senyard is a plumber by day and stylist by night but these days she changes more nappies than washers. She is a happily married mum to three young daughters who she styles on a regular basis. Rebecca is not only an award winning plumber, she also writes an award winning blog called The Plumbette where she shares her life experiences as a plumber and mother. Rebecca also blogs at Styled by Bec believing a girl can be both practical and stylish. Links to the blogs are and

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