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  • Happy Anniversary Title IX
    This Sunday marks the 30th anniversary of a law that has helped make you who you are today. June 23 is the anniversary of Title IX, the primary federal law barring sex discrimination in educational programs and activities.

    Thirty years ago, most schools paid little attention to the opportunities they provided for girls vs. boys. But Title IX proclaimed that what was offered to boys must also be offered to girls.

    You may worry about whether or not you'll make the varsity basketball team at your school, but you probably don't think twice about the fact that a team exists. You may dream of getting a college basketball scholarship, but may not realize none existed prior to 1974. Like to watch the women's NCAA tournament? There was no women's national title until 1972 (and the NCAA didn't sponsor it until 1982).

    In other words, we have a lot to celebrate.

    The bad news, though, is that we still have a long way to go. Even though schools have had three decades to get their act together, most still don't treat their boys' and girls' sports totally equally. Today's inequities are often more subtle than what went on 10 or 20 years ago, but they still exist. For example:

  • Overall, are there more boys who participate in athletics than girls at your school?
  • Are the girls' locker room as nice as the boys' locker rooms?
  • Are boys' games scheduled at prime times, while girls' contests play at less glamorous times?(For example, does your football team play its games every Friday night? And is there a fall girls' sport that plays any of its games Friday night?)
  • Does the athletic director give more attention to boys' sports than girls'?
  • Do the boys' teams have nicer uniforms than the girls' teams?
  • Do booster clubs raise more money for boys' teams than girls' teams?
  • If you can say "yes" to any of the above, Title IX is not being implemented at your school. But don't feel alone. Most schools don't thoroughly comply.

    Why not? Well, in most cases, it's because no one has insisted that the school do so. The law is one that is enforced only if a complaint is made, and that takes some guts and energy.

    Lucky for us, there have been many brave women who have stood up for their rights and challenged their schools to comply with Title IX. Some have marched into their athletic directors' offices and demanded change, some have gone to the media with their stories, others have taken their schools to court. But all spoke up for what they knew was right--and important.

    How can you follow their lead and help your own school fully comply with Title IX? Here are some resources to help you get started:

  • The National Women's Law Center has produced a publication titled, "Check It Out: Is the Playing Field Level for Women and Girls at Your School?" which provides details on assessing Title IX compliance, as well as a checklist to use. It can be ordered by calling (202) 588-5180. More information is also on its Web site: www.nwlc.org A quick link to order "Check it Out" is at: www.nwlc.org/publication.cfm?section=infocenter (scroll down to the seventh form)

  • The Women's Sports Foundation has several resources. Check out its Web site at: www.womenssportsfoundation.org

  • Another look at the topic can be found at the University of Iowa's "Gender Equity in Sports" Web site: http://bailiwick.lib.uiowa.edu/ge/

  • Here at Momentum Media, we have published articles on Title IX in our print publications. Check them out at these links:

    i. How to fight for your Title IX rights: www.momentummedia.com/articles/cm/cm0807/equal.htm

    ii. Title IX and scheduling: www.momentummedia.com/articles/am/am1203/bbprimetime.htm

    iii. The declining number of female coaches: www.momentummedia.com/articles/am/am1404/bbstudy.htm

    iv. One school's Title IX assessment story: www.momentummedia.com/articles/am/am0804/1titleix.htm

    Even more articles can be found by visiting our home page and typing "Title IX" into the search window at the top of the page: www.athleticsearch.com

  • To actually file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights, call (800) 421-3481 and ask for the regional office in your area. Their Web site address is: www.ed.gov./offices/OCR




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