The 50th Anniversary of the Passage of Title IX
Title IX is a series of blog posts about the legislation that was one of the historic steps in the fight for women’s equal rights.
The 37 words that lead off the June 23, 1972 legislation say:
“No person in the United 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.”
It took more legislation to put funding and structure to these words, notably the financing of women’s high school and college sports, and many more years to see the first generation of women to benefit from Title IX to make the gains that inspired more and more girls and young women.
It was and still is a very difficult road, to say the least, and prejudice and unequal treatment still exist. For an unflinching, emotional, and ultimately uplifting look at the 1996 women’s Olympic team, we recommend ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, Dream On.
- The Breakaways by Cathy G. Johnson(First Second)
- Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas (Harper Alley)
- Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms with Signed Bookplate! by Crystal Frasier; Val Wise (Oni)