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California Legislation To End Boys & Girls Sections In Retail Stores

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In California, the proposed legislation would put an end to boys and girls sections in large retailers.

The bill, Assembly Bill 1084, states that retailers with more than 500 employees would be required to remove gender-specific signage and “to maintain undivided areas of its sales floor.”

This would apply to toys, clothing, and other childcare items. Online retailers that have a physical presence in California would be required to use gender-neutral terms on their websites.

“It’s really important that toys and kids’ sections be neutral in order to give kids as many opportunities to flourish and develop and be creative,” Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, the chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus and a co-author of the bill, told USA Today. “We should allow our kids to explore and try different things and let them come to their own conclusion of how they will identify themselves.”

If passed, the bill will go into effect on January 1, 2024. Violating retailers could face a $1,000 civil penalty.

Written by: Samantha Watts-Hopkins

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