Feminist Coalition members address dress code

Ashli Wagner
Business Manager

Seniors Rebekah Perman, Gianna Metzger, Jenny Perkowski, Annie Bryan and teacher Kristin Moore founded the Feminist Coalition, which meets every other Tuesday at 7:20 a.m. in room 284.

The club’s priority was to create activism in the school for gender equality and to educate people about what feminism means and what it means to be a feminist.

Seventy-five people attended the first meeting to talk about how to advertise the club with ads and posters.

The club plans an after school speaker series where different people come to the school to educate equal rights and LGBT rights.

On Oct. 3, the club plans to have a fundraiser with puppies at Eden Seminary Field. Gateway Pets is lending the club puppies, and people can pay $5 for five minutes with a puppy.

All of the proceeds will go to Lydia’s House for abused women and their children. The coalition plans for the fundraiser to be 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Senior Annelise Kerr-Grant thought that WGHS’s dress code was unfair and targeted towards girls.

“It’s innately sexist how the dress code was targeting short shorts and strappy straps and low cut shirts,” Kerr-Grant said. Boys don’t have as many dress code rules and a boy wearing a low cut tank showing off his pectoral wouldn’t get called out, but a girl wearing a tank top with spaghetti straps would get called out in front of the class.

“One it’s inappropriate and two it should be against school rules” said Kerr-Grant.

In order to change the dress code Kerr-Grant had to take multiple steps. She first wrote a letter and asked vice-Principal John Raimondo if she could hang her letters around as a passive aggressive note.

Raimondo instead arranged a meeting for Kerr-Grant and senior friends Bryan and senior Mia Berg to talk with administrators that lead to another meeting with more students and more diversity to talk with teachers and administrators about what they wanted changed and what they thought was wrong with the dress code. This went throughout the summer and by the beginning of the school year the school had a new dress code.

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