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Rated Unprofessional

Black women’s hair is 3.4x

more likely to be perceived

as unprofessional

Change to Fit In

Black women are 80% more likely to change their hair from its natural state to fit in at the office

Black Women Impacted

More likely to be

sent home from the

workplace because

of their hair

CROWN Act Kansas & Missouri

Hair Discrimination in Missouri

There are highly publicized cases of discrimination based on hairstyles in the workplace and schools. Tyree Bayan, a student seeking employment in Kansas City said he was denied a job because of his locs, despite being described by management as "a 100 percent qualified candidate."


Under the current Kansas and Missouri statutes, this type of discrimination is legal. Unfortunately, cases like these are not rare and under current state law, this form of discrimination is legal. 

Shirley's KC is joining Missouri Representatives Ashley Bland-Manlove, D-Kansas City and LaKeySha Bosley, D-St. Louis to pass the CROWN Act in Missouri. This is following the successful passage of the act in Kansas City, Missouri in the winter of 2020. The City passed the act UNANIMOUSLY and is only the second municipality to pass it. 


The bills presented by legislators in Kansas and Missouri mirror legislative measures passed in California, New York and New Jersey called the “Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural hair,”or (CROWN) Act.

Shirley’s KC is working to build a coalition of supporting organizations and individuals to advocate for protections that the CROWN Act will bring to Black people across both states. We need you and your organization to stand with us as we fight to protect against discrimination. 

You can view the CROWN Research Study here.

Tell Your Story

Share your story and experience with hair discrimination. You can give testimony to legislators, share your story in the news or share your story with others who may have the same experience.

Join the Coalition

Are you a salon or barber shop owner? A community leader? A business owner? Are you a part of an organization that wants to take a stand? Join our coalition of organizations and leaders who support SB 250.

Lend a Hand

Many hands make light work. And we need all hands on deck. Volunteers will play a key role in making sure this bill passes.

Step in & Support

If you have other ideas about how you can support our efforts and support Black women, reach out to us!

Ways You Can Step In & Support

I will #ProtectTheCrown

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Shirley's Kitchen Cabinet is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to amplifying the voices and power of Black women through education and advocacy, so they can be effective advocates for the issues that matter to them and the communities they serve.


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