“Every time a girl plays Little League, every time a father assumes his daughter is as likely to go to college as his son, every time no one looks twice at a female cop or balks at a female surgeon, it’s a moment in history, radical and ordinary both at the same time.” – Anna Quindlen 2002
Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972 to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Section 1681. Sex)
“No person in theUnited States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
U.S. Department of Labor http://www.dol.gov/oasam/regs/statutes/titleix.htm.
The amendments made to the Civil Rights Act in 1972 were the core efforts to produce equality within the educational systems of the
United States. Title IX was not created, despite popular belief, to take away from male opportunity. Many claim that Title IX requires boys’ programs to be cut down, but fairness is the goal and therefore there can be no favoritism, ensuring equality for all.
My personal tie to this blog concerns Commission on Opportunity in Athletics (COA) of 2002 which studies ways to improve equality among the sexes in college athletics. At a school like Amherst, where no athletic scholarships are awarded, it is interesting to examine the outcomes of Title IX on men’s and women’s athletics. The media plays an interesting and critical role in the spread and force of women’s athletics throughout the nation. Through this blog I will attempt to delve into the overarching effects of Title IX and the necessary, but also sometimes hindering, role of the U.S. media.