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Dr Amanda Mergler

Dr Amanda Mergler is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at QUT, and a registered psychologist. Amanda’s research focuses on delayed school entry, the values of pre-service teachers, student wellbeing, and school uniform policies. In 2017, Amanda co-founded Girls’ Uniform Agenda to advocate for the rights of girls at school.

Girls’ Uniform Agenda (GUA) is an Australia-wide group comprising parents, academics, educators, researchers and public health executives. Our aim is for all schools throughout Australia to establish school uniform policies that facilitate gender equality. While these options may be vast, they should, at a minimum, include shorts and trousers for female students.

Girls’ Uniform Agenda has the support of influential leaders in parenting, psychology and education. These supporters include psychologist Steve Biddulph, educator Maggie Dent, and Sam Pidgeon, the Vice-President of the Queensland Teachers Union.

Girls’ Uniform Agenda was co-founded by Dr Amanda Mergler (QLD) and Ms Simone Cariss (VIC), and includes Assoc. Prof. Susan Thomas (NSW), Ms Alison Boston (NSW), Dr Diane Caney (TAS), Ms Krystina Myhre (WA), Dr Sarah Cohen-Woods (SA) and Amy Blain (ACT).


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