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Sister StyleThe Politics of Appearance for Black Women Political Elites$
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Nadia E. Brown and Danielle Casarez Lemi

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197540572

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197540572.001.0001

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date: 25 May 2022

Afro-Textured Hair and the CROWN Act

Afro-Textured Hair and the CROWN Act

(p.18) 2 Afro-Textured Hair and the CROWN Act
Sister Style

Nadia E. Brown

Danielle Casarez Lemi

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the historical development of the politics of Black women’s appearances in the United States by assessing the sociological, political, and legal forces that have built the political opportunity structure for Black women politicians. The chapter presents a thorough overview of Afro-textured hair and Black protective hairstyles to provide a primer on why Black (women’s) hair is political. Through a case study of the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act, it examines how New Jersey state lawmakers successfully passed legislation to end hair discrimination. In this chapter, we make a connection to contemporary policy and how Black women lawmakers bring uncrystallized issues to legislative bodies.

Keywords:   Afro-textured hair, CROWN Act, protective styles, hair-based discrimination, legislative behavior

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