Expanding and elevating the CROWN Coalition
We remain committed to raising awareness of The CROWN Act. So far, 12 states have signed the CROWN Act, and bills inspired by the CROWN Act, into law (California, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Colorado, Washington, Connecticut, Delaware, New Mexico, Nebraska, Nevada). The CROWN Act has also been passed in 24 local municipalities. A federal bill was reintroduced in March 2021 in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 2116) by Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) and in the U.S. Senate (S 888) by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). We have also shared the Dove CROWN Research Study and provided testimony in support of legislation in hearings across the US. Join us to help pass the CROWN in all 50 states – sign the petition here.
National CROWN Day
In 2020, we established National CROWN Day (July 3rd) as an annual celebration of the inaugural CROWN Act signing. We commemorate this anniversary with activities to engage, uplift, and celebrate the Black community, while sounding a national call to action to support state and federal legislation.
Funding and programs to empower the next generation
We are also expanding our partnerships to continue our work to empower Black youth by:
- Investing in educational equity by inspiring educators and administrators to take action to end race-based discrimination
- Celebrating and increasing the proliferation of authentic and diverse portrayals of Black girls and their beauty
- Addressing the impact of bias and perceptions by others
We have partnered with organizations doing critical work within the Black community to dismantle barriers to opportunity. Some of our partners include:
- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
- Jack and Jill of America Inc.
- Save A Girl, Save A World
The EarthGirl "Lifting As We Rise Program" connected Black women in positions of power and influence to the next generation of leaders during a one-day virtual summit.
Boosting hair confidence in young people
In our ongoing commitment to Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair and build self-esteem and confidence in the next generation, we have expanded the Dove Self-Esteem Project with two new tools that directly address race and appearance biases.
My Hair, My CROWN is a new evidence-based tool for educators, parents and mentors to boost hair confidence in kids with coils, curls, waves and protective styles – while also building allyship in others.
We are also expanding our Confident Me curriculum for educators to directly address appearance biases. We are expanding the current evidence-based, five-lesson tool to include a sixth lesson, which will incorporate more in-depth topics on appearance biases related to race, skin tone, body size and ability, so that educators can confidently navigate questions in the classroom and beyond. The lesson can be used on its own or part of the wider workshop over time. Download Confident Me now and keep an eye out for the new appearance bias lesson coming soon.