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These feminist Girl Scouts in Indy are fighting for a new dress code (and winning)

A Girl Scout troop from School 84 campaigned to change the IPS dress code.
A Girl Scout troop from School 84 campaigned to change the IPS dress code.
Dylan Peers McCoy

Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed Girl Scouts.

At the urging of a troop of girls frustrated by the current policy, Indianapolis Public Schools is poised to change its dress code to allow tights of any color or design.

As it stands, students are only allowed to wear solid colored tights to school — a rule the students argued was unfair to girls because kids are allowed to wear socks of any color or pattern.

“I would love to wear multicolored and patterned tights at school because it shows who you are as a person,” said eighth-grader Paris Himes, one of the Girl Scouts involved in the campaign.

The troop of girls from School 84, a magnet school in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood, pleaded their case to the board at a meeting May 26, and it appears that they will prevail.

The administration is proposing a change to the dress code to allow students to wear tights of any color or pattern. The board will vote on the modification at its meeting Thursday.

The campaign was part of an action plan the girls pursued in order to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, Himes said.

If the new dress code is approved, Himes already has a few ideas for how she will dress next year.

“I have these Little Mermaid (tights) and these llama ones which are really cool,” she said. “I’m going to wear them a whole lot.”

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