Understanding Title IX on it's 40th Anniversary

“Understanding Title IX on it’s 40th Anniversary”

As mentioned previously, Title IX is a portion of the Education Amendments of 1972 which states: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity.

Here are some facts about Title IX:

Many people have never heard of Title IX. Most people who know about Title IX think it applies only to sports, but athletics is only one of 10 key areas addressed by the law. These areas are: Access to Higher Education, Career Education, Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students, Employment, Learning Environment, Math and Science, Sexual Harassment, Standardized Testing and Technology.

Since Title IX was passed 35 years ago, it has been the subject of over 20 proposed amendments, reviews, Supreme Court cases and other political actions. (s)

The first person to introduce Title IX in Congress was its author and chief Senate sponsor, Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana.

At the time, Bayh was working on numerous constitutional issues related to women’s rights.

Title IX became law on June 23, 1972.

President Nixon was President and signed the bill.

On November 24, 2006, the Title IX regulations were amended to provide greater flexibility in the operation of single-sex classes or extracurricular activities at the primary or secondary school level.

June 23, 2012 marks the day that represents 40 years of access to sports for female athletes throughout the country. Awesome, right?

With the passing of Title IX 40 years ago, it brown down barriers, created opportunities and changed the rules.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nike via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nike.


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