Title IX: Protecting Our Right to an Education Free of Sexual Harrassment and Equal Opportunity in School Activities

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Title IX

Have you ever wondered what protects our right to an education free of sexual harassment and equal opportunity in school activities? Title IX does that.

Title IX was created by a woman named Edith Green. She was the legislation chairperson of the Oregon Congress of Parents and Teachers. She became a House member in 1954. Her first proposal was the Library Service Bill. Eight years she shepherded Title IX until it passed on June 23, 1972 part of the Higher Education Act. (Crass, Scott)

Title IX is a law that requires equality of genders in every educational program funded by the federal government. It is called the “living, breathing law” because it’s been the subject of court cases, amendments, and reviews. (NWLC)

Women and girls have benefited from more participation opportunities and more equitable facilities. Women who were under ten when Title IX was passed have much higher sports participation than those who grew up before. Fifty- five percent of the “post-Title IX” generation participated in high school sports, thirty-three percent of the “pre-Title IX” generation. Women have been offered more scholarships for higher education. Actually, many female athletes that are in the Olympics credit Title IX for their success with being able to attend college on athletic scholarships. (Feminist Majority Foundation)

Though most people only apply this only to sports, but this also pertain to Career Education, Education for Pregnant and Parenting students, and Higher Education. Most complaints against Title IX involve either sexual harassment or sports. (NWLC)

For instance, Joanna Espinosa filed a sexual harassment against her former boyfriend at the University of Texas – Pan America. When they paid her no mind, she...

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... Denies Women’s Charges in Federal Sex Assault Lawsuit.

5. Schuman, Rebecca. February 23, 2014. Title Nein.

6. Patrick, Malone. November 20, 2013. CSU Out of Title IX Gender Equality Compliance.

7. Pucin, Diane. November 10, 2010. Group Names Irvine High School in Title IX Complaint.

8. Fagan, Kate and Cyphers, Luke. April 29, 2012. Five Myths about Title IX.

9. Feminist Majority Foundation. 2014. Gender Equality in Athletics and Sports.

10. Kingkade, Tyler. December 20, 2013. Carnegie Mellon University Failed to Stop Ex-Girlfriend’s Harassment.

11. Kingkade, Tyler. April 3, 2014. Harvard’s Handling of Sexual Assault Reports Lambasted in Federal Complaint.

12. Gordon, Claire. April 1, 2011. Title IX Complaint Against Yale Has a Case.

13. Wilson, Teddy. February 26, 2014. Title IX, Clery Complaints Filed Against UC Berkeley by Current and Former Students.

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