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 >>

The Young Women Who Taught Lane Tech a Lesson

The Young Women Who Taught Lane Tech a Lesson

In defiance of its male students, Chicago's Lane Technical High School decided to admit girls in 1971. The author was among the first class of freshman girls to enter that fall.

Evening the Field: Title IX's Continuing Impact on Gender Equality in Sports

Evening the Field: Title IX's Continuing Impact on Gender Equality in Sports

By Tiseme Zegeye, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 11:15am

In too many schools, Title IX's requirement for gender equality in school athletics continues to be blatantly ignored.

Title IX — It’s More Than Sports

Title IX — It’s More Than Sports

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 12:33pm

This week, as part of Women’s History Month, we'll be blogging about Title IX. This series will highlight some of the core areas of educational equality that this landmark statute covers.

We Will Not Be Denied: Title IX Victory in California

We Will Not Be Denied: Title IX Victory in California

By Tiseme Zegeye, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:28pm

The University of California and former U.C. Davis students and women wrestlers announced yesterday that an over $1 million dollar settlement had been reached in the almost decade-long Title IX athletic opportunities case.

In 2003, after…

No Gaming the System When it Comes to Title IX

By Tiseme Zegeye, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 5:24pm

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the groundbreaking federal law passed in 1972 to eliminate sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding. However, after four decades, its mandate continues to be ignored.

Today,…

Celebration and Struggle: Pregnant and Parenting Teens Honor Title IX Anniversary and Demand Equal Treatment

By Micah McCoy, ACLU of New Mexico at 4:41pm

“I’m proving everyone wrong by graduating this May, by going to college, by getting my degree AND taking care of my daughter.”

That’s what Brianna Miranda, an 18-year-old high school senior from Las Cruces, NM, stood…

Survey Shows Sexual Harassment in School Is All Too Common

Survey Shows Sexual Harassment in School Is All Too Common

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 1:18pm

According to a new study, sexual harassment, including unwanted sexual touching and sexual coercion as well as milder behaviors, is a regular feature of going to school for a significant number of American middle- and high-school students. The…

It’s a Law Thing

By Adriana Zea, Lima, Peru & Adriana Zea, Lima, Peru at 5:13pm

You shouldn’t be scared… Nor ashamed Nor embarrassed If he harasses you, stalks you, threatens you, touches you, hits you, forces you… It’s not shame on you, but shame on him. So stand up. Break the silence. Habla!…

Your Rights, Darling, Your Rights

By Callie Kittredge, Sedona, Arizona at 5:08pm

This is to those who could never speak up. Maybe you didn’t know that when he first texted you, he would end up punching you, That black eye you didn’t know what to tell your mother. Repeatedly sending you text messages, following…

I Was Never a Cool Kid

By Olivia Oguma, New York City at 5:04pm

When I was in school I was never one of the cool kids But maybe, I wanted to be Other girls did too The girls who got attention from guys, thought they were cool Whether the attention was good or bad... "It’s better to be…

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