More than Just Hair
What is the Crown Act?
For most Black women, hair is a lot more than just hair. It is political and can cause barriers in the workplace due to discrimination.
In the US, the national CROWN Act (Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) provides protection for race based hair discrimination. So far, in Canada there isn’t any similar sweeping federal rule but people are pushing for that to change.
Hair Discrimination in Canada
- US House passes Crown Act which would end hair discrimination (BBC News)
- Black people deal with hair discrimination everywhere. Will Canada take a cue from the U.S.’s CROWN Act and end it? (Toronto Star)
- Zara employee accuses store of discrimination over her hairstyle (CBC)
- A Black AGO worker was told her hair could ‘scare’ customers. The gallery agreed that was discrimination and promised to do better. A year later, she’s still fighting for justice (Toronto Star)