Girls have been allowed to put on trousers at this yr’s Henley Royal Regatta for the primary time within the rowing occasion’s historical past.
The annual occasion, which started within the Oxfordshire city of Henley-on-Thames 182 years in the past, has up to date its Stewards’ Enclosure costume code to say girls can put on “jackets or blazers with trousers, or trouser fits” along with attire or skirts “with a hemline under the knee”.
Its web site states jumpsuits and culottes will even be allowed however should have a hemline under the knee.
It comes after a petition was launched final yr by a member of Oxford’s College Girls’s Boat Membership, Georgia Grant, who demanded girls be allowed to put on trousers alongside males.
The costume code was “oppressive and serves no function”, she stated.
On her petition web page, she wrote: “Henley Royal Regatta is a prestigious annual occasion that’s central to the rowing neighborhood.
“This occasion nonetheless upholds sexist and antiquated guidelines, imposing a draconian costume code within the Stewards’ Enclosure.
“This isn’t nearly girls, that is about everybody. Trans, non-binary and other people with disabilities are excluded by the HRR costume code.
“This wants to alter.
“On the water, women and men costume the identical. Why are issues any totally different off the water?
“To advertise equality for opponents at this occasion, an equal costume code for spectators is the primary place to begin.”
Greater than 1,680 folks signed her petition.
The Stewards’ Enclosure, which has one of the best view of the rowing competitors, is the one space with a costume code. It’s open to stewards, members and their friends.
Sir Steve Redgrave, chairman of the regatta, stated it was an “evolution not revolution” which he was “very a lot in favour of”.
He instructed the Each day Telegraph: “We have now been requested for various years if we may take a look at the women’ costume code as a result of occasions have modified.
“Regardless that we see ourselves very a lot as a conventional occasion with a conventional approach of dressing, with the introduction of extra girls’s occasions lately and a rising variety of girls stewards, we felt that it was the suitable time to make the change.”