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D. Wendy Greene

Visiting Professor Wendy Greene Featured in Teen Vogue Greene's scholarship and advocacy brought about a ban on natural hair discrimination in New York City.

Wendy Greene, a visiting professor at W&L Law, has dedicated her professional life to advocating for better protections against racial inequality and discrimination. Now, thanks to her work, New York City has become one of the first cities to announce guidelines that have banned discrimination due to a person’s natural hair style.

“We definitely have heard more about this in the education and employment contexts, but some of these issues have arisen in nightclubs, for example, or bars, and other kinds of public accommodations, like those that are privately owned establishments,” Greene told Teen Vogue.

Greene has published numerous articles on discrimination and grooming codes, and she has a forthcoming book on the topic, #FreeTheHair: Locking Black Hair to Civil Rights Movements. Greene’s work was cited by the NYC Commission on Human Rights, which developed the new guidelines.

“I think about the impact this law is going to have on countless individuals who either have suffered discrimination or are making very critical deliberations as it relates to how to wear their hair, now they won’t suffer that discrimination in workplaces and in schools and in other public spaces,” Greene said.

Read the complete article on the Teen Vogue website.