Fatimah Fair is a student activist and co-author of Dress Coded: Black Girls, Bodies, and Bias in D.C. Schools. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post and NPR. She graduated from DC’s School Without Walls High School in spring 2018 and currently attends Lafayette College.

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I Asked the Department of Education to Fight for Black Girls. They Ignored Me.

Walking down the hallway at school, an administrator stopped me in my tracks. I felt her eyes glare from the top of my head, past my torso and down my legs. She told me that my shorts were too short and that she didn’t want to see me wearing them ever again. I felt embarrassed and shaken, and for the rest of the day, I wondered if her impression of me had changed simply because of the shorts I was wearing.