A group of male students at Buchanan High School in Clovis, California, swapped threads with their female counterparts to protest their school’s antiquated and sexist dress code.
Boys wore dresses with spaghetti straps and girls wore collared shirts and tucked their hair under caps or pulled it back to keep it out of their faces.
The protest was sparked following a 4-3 vote by the Clovis Unified School District trustees against changes to the dress code that would have allowed boys to have long hair and wear earrings.
“The reason we switched gender norms for the day was to make the statement that what we wear does not define us as students,” one protestor named Emma Sledd told the Tri-City Herald of their protest. “Our district’s dress code should not favor or discriminate any gender. We believe everyone should be able to express themselves equally. A boy with long hair is no less of a hard worker than a girl with long hair.”