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Title IX’s Anniversary Requires A Renewed Commitment To Equality

Title IX’s Anniversary Requires A Renewed Commitment To Equality

Title IX turns 40 this week and there is no denying the landmark civil rights legislation permanently altered the educational landscape for girls across the country.

The Obama administration has noted the importance of Title IX and the opportunities it created.

By banning sex discrimination in schools, Title IX opened up a world of new opportunities ranging from athletic participation to access to education in science, technology, engineering, and math. Since 1972, athletic participation has increased over 1000%, creating more confident, empowered, and inspiring women. The Obama Administration is dedicated to furthering the 40 years of progress that Title IX has paved for us, from the $4.25 billion Race to the Top competition to close the STEM gap for girls, to honoring hardworking student-athletes like the Texas A&M University Women’s Basketball Team at the White House.

None of these accomplishments would be possible without Title IX. Indeed, my own career would not have happened had this civil rights law not been passed. Thanks to Title IX I had access to advanced placement courses, varsity athletics and a school environment that strove to be inclusive and free from an outwardly sexually harassing climate. Title IX prevented school administrators from steering me into clerical career paths and made it possible for me to letter in multiple sports.

But all of that is at risk as lawmakers attack the very foundation that built decades of economic and personal advancement for girls. Funding streams are in jeopardy and somewhere along the line our elected officials turned their backs on the basic notion that gender should not dictate opportunity and advancement in this country. So for Title IX’s anniversary let’s renew that commitment to basic equality of opportunity, to ideas of fundamental fairness and re-commit to our daughters, our sisters, our friends and fellow citizens that in the United States gender is not predeterminative of outcome or success.

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9:02AM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

Tamara H speaking of trash heap is that what you are wearing on your head? your hat Sure looks like it too me! Yes, I am being NASTY in my comment to you, but perhaps that might give you a reality check and a wake up call to your truly deplorable put downs you consistently post! As a woman you should want to empower young girls and women. I stand strong for title IX. Parity, equality and a level playing field for ALL.

5:43AM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

Thanks

4:14PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Tamara;

You say "Art and beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I've seen too much so-called art that was paid for with my tax dollar and that I would prefer to see in a garbage heap." While I agree with your sentiment about some art not being worth the canvas (or whatever) it's made from, the support with your tax dollars (And mine, and everyone else's who pay taxes) is, and I'll say this slowly so you can comprehend "PART OF LIVING IN A SOCIETY". We ALL have things we'd prefer our tax dollars not go to - for example, I don't want mine to go to fund wars (which is WORLDS' more of my tax dollar than the arts are of yours). But, then, your attitude (which you show in almost every post you write) of "I got mine - F*** you" gets tiresome. You don't want to be part of the society? OK, go, find yourself a desert island somewhere. Then your misogynistic views affect no one but you.

8:00AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

I mean... did you read that....athletic participation has increased by 1000%. WOW! I do not know of any other program with this kind of success.

7:57AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Title X has opened new worlds for girls and women. The obvious joy I see on the faces of girls playing, coached team sports is heartening. By our investment in the development of girls as well as boys, we are giving them the confidence to break all sorts of glass ceilings and make this a better world.

7:46AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

If girls wish to participate in almost any sport they should be encouraged,who would think otherwise??? Oh some GOPERs??

6:00AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

I'd prefer that we stop subsidizing both the arts and organized sports. Art and beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I've seen too much so-called art that was paid for with my tax dollar and that I would prefer to see in a garbage heap. And I know most kids have more fun playing sandlot ball and the like, than any sport mentored by an overly competitive parent or coach.

11:20AM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

yet discrimination in schools and colleges and gender harassment remains alive and well--the sanctions apparently have been insufficient for full implementation as intended

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