IT’S THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF TITLE IX !!!
Indiana Senator Birch Bayh authored Title IX.
President Richard Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 into law. Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that removed many barriers that once prevented people, on the basis of sex, from participating in educational opportunities and careers of their choice. Other than the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, this is a landmark law for the advancement of women.
What did it say and what did it do? In brief, “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.” *
Congress enacted Title IX with two principal objectives in mind: to avoid the use of federal funds to support discriminatory practices in education programs, and to provide individual citizens protection against those practices. This came about as the women’s civil rights movement gained momentum in the late 60’s and early 70’s as sex bias and discrimination emerged as a major public policy concern.
Passage of Title IX opened doors for women in college admissions, sports and many other areas in which they were previously denied opportunity or participation. Although Title IX opened many doors, women are still fighting for equal pay for equal work and other matters not settled under this law.
(*From the Department of Justice)
Paulette Vandegriff, LWVIN Second VP