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 >>

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! Parla! Parles! Speak up! YOU ARE NOT ALONE Your school will help you. And you are in your right to ask for it. It’s not just a matter of ethics – it’s also a law thing.

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…

Girls on Rights

Girls on Rights

By Busi Mkhumbuzi, Soweto, South Africa & Busi Mkhumbuzi, Soweto, South Africa at 3:00pm

Despite the universal call for nations to recognize the rights of women, millions of girls today are denied their human rights.

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…

Your School Your Rights — Ending Sexual Violence

Your School Your Rights — Ending Sexual Violence

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 4:03pm

Each year, millions of school-aged children are victims of in-school violence, and approximately 81 percent of students experienced some form of sexual harassment during their school years. The epidemic of violence in schools isn't just tragic,…

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…

Do Women Have to Be Afraid, Even in Heaven?

Do Women Have to Be Afraid, Even in Heaven?

By Molly Houlahan, New Haven, Connecticut at 3:57pm

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…

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…

On HBO's "Gloria: In Her Own Words"

On HBO's "Gloria: In Her Own Words"

By Amy L. Katz, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:02pm

As I watched HBO's Gloria Steinem documentary, Gloria: In Her Own Words, I remembered the day that everything changed for me. Late June 1972. I was 17 and had just finished my first year of college. I was heading to Long Island with my mom to spend…

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