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 >>

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 noticed than not" someone said. I got no attention but I was happier reading a book I realized.. It’s not always good to be catcalled Called a slut Have people harass you at the lockers Doesn't make you cool It doesn't mean that guys like you To be looked at like that, and harassed like that It’s not a positive thing What puts us girls in such a place that we think it’s ok? When that harassing goes to another level When that harassing turns to assault? Then what happens? What happens when no one will listen, when there is no one to turn to When BOYS WILL BE BOYS is the answer, But really is that ever an answer? Isn't that really a way of saying its OK to behave badly because of your gender? When I was in school I was never a cool kid
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…

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…

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…

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…

"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.

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.

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…

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.

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,…

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