Meghan Markle’s mother is a social worker.

Did you know that Meghan Markle— Duchess of Sussex—mother, Doria Ragland, is a social worker in the mental-health sector working in Culver City, CA?

Who is Doria and how did she find her way?  After high school, she worked as a make-up artist, where she later met her former husband Thomas Markle while employed at the studio for the television show General Hospital.

Later, she became a a flight attendant and attained a bachelor of arts in psychology.[4] In 2015, Ragland became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker after having received a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California.

Ragland worked as a social worker for a mental health clinic, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, in Culver City, California.  Ragland quit her clinic job in May 2018 to enter private practice working with elderly patients. Ragland has also worked as a yoga instructor.


Why Are School Dress Codes Against Black Girls?

Why School Dress Codes Are Often Biased Against Black Girls

by Rachelle Hampton

SOURCE: (May 1, 2018)

EXCERPT: At this point, it’s a well-established fact that there are vast disparities in how different children receive disciplinary action in school. With disparities presenting as early as pre-K.  Something is deeply wrong in how schools and teachers view those students who are subject to harsher and more frequent punishment—students with disabilities, black students, and boys. Beyond making school a hostile environment, harsh discipline that takes students out of the classroom can change the trajectory of their life.

There’s research showing kids who are subject to out-of-school suspensions are more likely to fall behind, drop out, or encounter the criminal justice system—all consequences that can affect lifetime earning potential.

A new report from the National Women’s Law Center aims to help fill in that gap, homing in on one underlying origin of the discipline disparity between black girls and their peers: dress codes.

Conducted through one-on-one and small group interviews with 21 black girls in the Washington, D.C. area, the report illustrates how dress codes left up to the discretion of administration create an environment where the bodies of children are subject to adult’s prejudices.

Scarcely a month goes by without a story about a high school forcing a girl to put Band-Aids on her nipples or wear tights in the summer heat because ankles are oh so provocative. Like most high school dress codes, many of the rules enforced at D.C. high schools disproportionately target young girls. One high schooler quoted in the report mentioned how even though her high school didn’t have a bra requirement in the dress code, they still told girls at the beginning of the year “that we need to wear bras, which was gross.”

the NWLC reported that punishments for violations still include being sent home or excluded from class without a formal suspension or “shame-based” attention-grabbing clothing fixes, such as intentionally ill-fitting clothes or duct tape over holes.