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Child Labor Laws for Beauty Pageants

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Our main goal of this petition is to ask Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland to help us revise the rules and regulations of pageants to fit current child labor laws. Please continue to read to further understand our cause. Beauty pageants can be very positive and rewarding experiences. Women choose to participate in over 25,000 pageants every year. However, it is often the parents who enter their daughters in child beauty pageants, which consist of girls 12 years old and younger. Although these children devote many hours per week to pageant preparation and receive monetary rewards and material prizes, they are not protected under child labor laws because they are not legally considered to be working. In most states, there are no laws regulating beauty pageants. Laws need to be created pertaining to issues such as limiting the number of hours per week dedicate to pageant preparation and limitations on hair, makeup and revealing clothing. The beneficial aspects of beauty pageants are often overshadowed by extreme attempts to win that sexualize the young contestants. Establishing laws to regulate child beauty pageants will be beneficial to contestants and help limit the effects of parental pressure and extreme tactics to make girls appear more mature.


Ariel Ursitti, Jen Howard, and Jimmy Cotterman are all Communication majors at the University of Maryland, College Park. After having been asked by their communication teacher to come up with something they'd like to change about the way gender is communicated, this group rallied around a cause they felt needed more attention. We hope to inspire others to support our cause, as well!

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