The fact that Black women are having to fight to wear our natural hair in the workplace in 2019 is an absolutely absurd reality, but Unilever CEO Esi Eggleston Bracey and California Senator Holly Mitchell are dedicated to using their respective platforms as a vehicles for change through their support of the CROWN Act.
During a much-needed conversation on the 2019 ESSENCE Festival Power Stage, Senator Mitchell doubled down on the importance of continuing the work towards ensuring that Black women in all 50 states are protected from natural hair discrimination in the work place.
The conversation itself was centered around the work influential Black women are doing in their respective career spaces to build an ecosystem of excellence for current and future generations to flourish, and for Mitchell, that means lending her voice and resources to spread awareness about the importance of the CROWN Act moving beyond California.
“People still need to be educated that [wearing natural hair in the workplace] is still their right,” she said. “We need to make sure that HR professionals are trained so workplace policies and school-based dress codes change.”
Check out the video clip above to hear Senator Mitchell’s comment in full and to find out more information on how you can join the fight.