Hulick arrived in downtown L.A. court to testify against two burglary suspects. But the courtroom drama immediately shifted to the slacks she was wearing. Judge Arthur S. Guerin rescheduled her testimony and ordered her to wear a dress next time.
Hulick was quoted in the Nov. 10, 1938, Los Angeles Times saying, "You tell the judge I will stand on my rights. If he orders me to change into a dress I won't do it. I like slacks. They're comfortable."
She returned to court five days later still in her slacks. The Times reported the angry judge told her:
"Listen," said the young woman, "I've worn slacks since I was 15. I don't own a dress except a formal. If he wants me to appear in a formal gown that's okay with me.
I'll come back in slacks and if he puts me in jail I hope it will help to free women forever of anti-slackism."
Held in contempt when she came back in slacks, Hulick was given a five-day jail sentence. A higher court overturned the contempt citation, clearing the way for women's slacks in courts of law.
And that, is the rest of the story, or at least part of it. I am sure there are many other unsung heroines, including kindergarten and pre-k teachers right here in Georgia who have told me about fending off "no athletic shoe" policies, noting their jobs require a lot of running after kids, kneeling down and physical play.