Throughout December, did you see more dresses and ties than usual? If so, this is in result of Dressember, a collaborative movement where one may wear a dress or tie in order to restore dignity to those who are victims of human trafficking. Sophomore, Jamie Rich, was one of the several people at Dana to participate in the movement.
Rich says she was inspired to take part in Dressember because throughout 2020 she began to notice several of her peers using their voices in order to fight for what they believe is right, which moved her to do the same. She also explains, “I have known about Dressember for about three years from my friend Sophia. I have always thought about doing it, but never thought I could commit to wearing a dress every single day.” Although Rich had her doubts, her role in Dressember demonstrated the great things one can accomplish by simply setting their mind to it. Also, to combat the common excuse of not owning enough dresses, Rich explains that her group hosted a dress swap and circulated dresses at the beginning of the month.
“I have known about Dressember for about three years from my friend Sophia. I have always thought about doing it, but never thought I could commit to wearing a dress every single day”
Rich describes the circumstances that helped her stay inspired while enduring her first Dressember experience, such as running the Dana Hills Dressember Club instagram account (@dhhsdressember), having a group of friends who were also participating and were there to hold her accountable, and the joy she felt when seeing everyone in the community connect together, forming a mass movement.
Rich states that Dressember enabled her to become much more educated on important subjects, and now wishes more people would participate in it, considering that not many people realize how severe it truly is.
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