Gender equality

6-year-old girl wins fight to be able to wear pants to Catholic school

Simone and Asha Cariss (Facebook)

Six-year-old Asha Cariss has won her fight to be able to wear pants to school after her mother launched an online petition calling for equality. Cariss, who is in first grade at a Catholic school in Melbourne, Australia, was denied her request to wear pants instead of a tunic and stockings, according to The Guardian. Cariss said she felt uncomfortable playing sports in her tunic and begged her mother to wear pants instead, her mother told Australia’s Eyewitness News.

“I feel like they should at least have a choice of pants and shorts, and they don’t,” Simone Cariss, Asha’s mother, said in the report. “I just want this to be changed for every little girl out there who wants to wear pants like half of their peers.”

The school, Our Lady of the Nativity in Aberfeldie, later said that it had not issued a blanket refusal and would allow Cariss to wear pants in the interim while it reviews the request. Principal Anne Doherty told the Australian Associated Press that she would review the school’s uniform policy and read through information about gender issues and uniforms that Simone Cariss submitted. She also invited Simone and others to review the uniform.

Australia’s education minister James Merlino criticized the school’s initial ruling, saying “It’s 2016 and I would expect all students should be able to wear pants if they like.”

Read the full story at The Australian.

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