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 >>

Visiting Capitol Hill in Celebration of 40 Years of Title IX

Visiting Capitol Hill in Celebration of 40 Years of Title IX

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Amy L. Katz, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:02pm
Forty years ago, we would have been rarities, women lawyers. Congresswoman Gwen Moore would have been a greater rarity: an African American female member of the House of Representatives. Yesterday we were on Capitol Hill to celebrate the 40th anniversary of a law that helped make our careers possible: Title IX.
"Work It Out" With Your Rapist? No Way.

"Work It Out" With Your Rapist? No Way.

Outrageous: After a student in Texas reported her rape by a fellow student, school officials told to "work it out" with her rapist.

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…

Bullying Goes Beyond the Fist

Bullying Goes Beyond the Fist

December 6th, 2010, was a day in my life I will never understand, and probably never come to grips with. I thought that a school was the safest place to be — it turned out that I was never more wrong in my life. You see, that was the day I…

Celebrating Title IX at 40:  Texas Victory Leads to Better Response to Sexual Assault in Schools

Celebrating Title IX at 40: Texas Victory Leads to Better Response to Sexual Assault in Schools

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 10:56am

My kids’ school let out for the summer this week, and as I drove by the locked doors today I was overcome with a warm feeling that comes when you know your children were able to learn in a safe environment. Our client, Rachel Bradshaw (in…

Quilting is not Geometry: Pregnant and Parenting Teens Deserve an Education Free from Discrimination

Quilting is not Geometry: Pregnant and Parenting Teens Deserve an Education Free from Discrimination

By Tiseme Zegeye, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 2:21pm

This Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the landmark law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. Among its other, better-known applications…

Title IX Victory: Civil Rights Office Condemns School’s Actions in Sexual Assault Case

Title IX Victory: Civil Rights Office Condemns School’s Actions in Sexual Assault Case

By Sandra Park, ACLU at 5:16pm
In 2011, the ACLU filed a complaint on behalf of “Faith,” who was sexually assaulted at her high school and then sent to a disciplinary program after she reported the assault.   Last week, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”)…
Respecting Moms on Mother's Day

Respecting Moms on Mother's Day

By Tiseme Zegeye, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 10:27am

This Mother's Day, we need to work towards a country where women's work is truly respected and valued both inside and outside of the home.

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.

No More Sexual Violence In Schools!

No More Sexual Violence In Schools!

By Mbali Khumalo, Johannesburg, South Africa at 3:21pm

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and this week the ACLU in conjunction with some of our youth clients and V-Girls, a global network of youth activists and advocates empowering themselves and one another to create the change they imagine…

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