Sexist Dress Codes

PRE-PROPOSAL Michigan Student Caucus Proposal Template for  Summers-Knoll Students 2019 Part 1: BACKGROUND AND RESEARCH PROCESS due Oct 22 Context


  1. What is a current bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal? Use the legislative database found hereSenate Bill no. 337

  2. How would this bill make a difference in the lives of students across Michigan?  It doesn't affect them now but as the grow up it {pay inequality} will start too influence them.

  3. How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

-personal experience


- peers 

  1. Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue: Dress codes essay  


Research process


  1. To whom did you talk about this issue to learn more? The internet

  2. What did you initially think about your topic and how did your thinking change over time? My mind didn’t change much I knew that sexist dress codes were an issue, but I didn’t know how much of an issue they were in Michigan.                   

  Part 2: FORMAL PROPOSAL due Oct 29 The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform. Preambulatory clauses

These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.

WHEREAS.... Girls are being called out for wearing “revealing’ clothes but boys are not. For example in a news story from the Battle Creek Enquirer they interviewed a teenage year old girl MacKenzie McSpadden who got dress coded, her principal stopped her as soon as she entered the building. He felt the shorts she was wearing violated the dress code. She said quote “I rolled my eyes at him," "I was, 'Okay,' and I just stood with the girls. There were probably 15 girls after me.""There's guys who go to our school and wear shorts just as short as ours, and they don't get in trouble," she added. "They wear ripped jeans that show their boxers." 

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WHEREAS.... In history, girls  where/are sexualized so adults think they have to make rules to prevent that, but by doing so they are objectifying girls even more,by telling them that they are just a distracting object that needs to be covered up.

WHEREAS.... When girls are held back for what they're wearing, they are forced to accept that sexisim is okay. This can affect them in later life by forcing them to back down from what they want to do. 

(Add more "Whereas" clauses if necessary.)

Operative clauses

These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).


  1. Dress codes be moderated and more lenient. 

  2. Punishment for breaking the dress code be lessened .

  3. If an issue occurs make an unbiased decision and punish fairly  


(Add more "Resolved" clauses if necessary.)


What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?

  1. Dress codes have been in effect for a long time why change them now ?

  2. Dress codes are supposed to create a more serious environment.

  3. Dress codes in schools  reduce social conflict that might come from how someone looks.

Costs and funding:
  1. What are some costs associated with your proposal?  none

  2. How will you pay for your proposed bill? From what sources could the funding come?

  3. Who (people or groups) might object to funding your proposal? Teachers or uneducated humans



List all websites, articles, reports, videos, or other resources you used to research for this project. You do not have to include formal citations. **Eighth graders only: After each source, write 1-2 sentences about why you chose this source and why you trusted it.


The Bill of Rights Institute is an organization that provides information for teachers and students.  

This is a news story that I used for supportive detail.

This is a website from the american civil liberties union (aclu) it offers more insight about how sexist deess codes are.



I also used local school websites to see what regulations they had, a lot of them had very similar rules like you can't show your midriff or your skirts and shorts have to be a certain length.























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