28 June 2013
Revolution of Title IX
Title IX has revolutionized our nations’ educational system and world of women’s athletics. Women are now allowed more opportunities in classrooms, lecture halls, and on the playing field. Prior to this law, many women dropped out of high school and college wasn’t even a priority. Also, hardly many women or girls were involved in a sport, as there wasn’t many offered. Since 1972, Title IX has given women an opportunity to pursue college athletics and a proper education by providing necessary resources and funding.
Title IX is apart of the Educational Amendment Act of 1972. It prohibits discrimination against girls and women in federally funded education, including the athletic programs. On June 23, 1972, Title IX was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Nixon on July 1, 1972. This milestone civil rights legislation declares that, “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 receiving Federal financial assistance” (Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972)
Title IX forbids any discrimination on students based on sex. This law takes place in the education programs and activities carried out by the receiver of federal financial aid. Basically, Title IX says that students, based on their sex, should not be denied educational opportunities and/or activities offered by the school. Some of the activities offered by the schools include: financial aid for families, counseling for the student, sports teams, and gym class.
If any school or university receives federal funding, then they must be compliant with the Title IX legislation. Even though there is very minimal direct funding to school sports, athletic programs are still subject to the rules of Title IX. There are, however, sex-specific clubs for males and females; for...