Title IX

Title IX, a groundbreaking statute intended to end sex discrimination in education, became the law of the land on June 23, 1972. While most famous for its requirement that schools provide girls with equal athletic opportunities, the law applies to all educational programs that receive federal funding, and to all aspects of a school's educational system. Title IX benefits both boys and girls and is the lynchpin of 40 years of efforts to promote and establish gender equity in schools. Learn more >>

My University Has Failed Me

My University Has Failed Me

By "Gabrielle" at 11:01am
I entered my first relationship during the beginning of my freshman year of college at Carnegie Mellon University. Everything was going just as I had hoped. I loved my classes and my new friends and I was dating another woman in my program. However, my relationship quickly became violent. My girlfriend became verbally and sexually abusive. During the six months that we dated, I was raped repeatedly and I began to live in fear.
Don't Segregate Boys and Girls in Classrooms

Don't Segregate Boys and Girls in Classrooms

By Michael Kimmel, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Stony Brook University at 11:35am

Is your daughter a tomboy? Your son not especially into football? Does your daughter excel at math...

From Drop Outs to Diplomas: Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Teenagers

From Drop Outs to Diplomas: Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Teenagers

By Emily Carter, Legal Assistant, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 12:56pm

Earlier this week, the United States Department of Education issued a guidance on supporting the academic success of pregnant and parenting students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The last time the Department spoke on this issue…

Alabama: Another Unlawful Single-Sex Program Goes Co-Ed

Alabama: Another Unlawful Single-Sex Program Goes Co-Ed

By Amy L. Katz, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 11:11am

A Birmingham, AL public middle school has agreed to abandon unlawful single-sex classes as the result of ACLU action that led to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the federal agency charged with enforcing…

Another High School Rejects Stereotypes and Returns to Coeducation

Another High School Rejects Stereotypes and Returns to Coeducation

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 12:06pm

Central High School in La Crosse, Wisconsin has an anti-discrimination policy that reads pretty much like any other high school's anti-discrimination policy: It is the policy of the School District of La Crosse . . . that no person on the basis of…

Back to Coeducation in Wood County: Judge Rules School May Not Separate Students by Sex This Year

Back to Coeducation in Wood County: Judge Rules School May Not Separate Students by Sex This Year

By Amy L. Katz, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:56pm

The Van Devender Middle School in Wood County, West Virginia, will return to coeducation next week, thanks to the efforts of a courageous mother who refused to allow her daughters to be assigned to discriminatory single-sex classes for another year.…

What’s Wrong with Blaming Teen Parents?

What’s Wrong with Blaming Teen Parents?

By Denicia Cadena & Micaela Cadena. According to recent data, New Mexico has the 2nd highest teen pregnancy rate in the country; it follows that New Mexico has high numbers of parents who had their first children as teenagers. As a young mama recently shared,

When Anne Frank’s Perspective Isn’t Good Enough For Your Students, It’s Time To Get A New Program

When Anne Frank’s Perspective Isn’t Good Enough For Your Students, It’s Time To Get A New Program

By Christina Brandt-Young, Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:54pm

Today, the ACLU Women’s Rights Project issued a preliminary report to the federal Department of Education, detailing the preliminary findings of our Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes campaign. After studying documents from single-sex classes in public…

You Can't Replace Spikes with Splits

You Can't Replace Spikes with Splits

By Navya Lakkaraju, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 5:20pm

Though it’s been 40 long years since Title IX was passed, discouraging stories continue to pop up all around the country that show that many people just don’t want to implement this groundbreaking law. In 2009, Quinnipiac University in…

Get Tested Or Get Out: School Forces Pregnancy Tests on Girls, Kicks out Students Who Refuse or are Pregnant

Get Tested Or Get Out: School Forces Pregnancy Tests on Girls, Kicks out Students Who Refuse or are Pregnant

By Tiseme Zegeye, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:33pm

In a Louisiana public school, female students who are suspected of being pregnant are told that they must take a pregnancy test. Under school policy...

Statistics image