Fifty50 | Explain Title IX, the historic Civil Rights Act

On June 23, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 turns 50.

The famous first 37 words of the historic Civil Rights Act prohibit gender discrimination in educational institutions that receive money from the United States Department of Education. These institutions include more than 5,000 colleges, universities, vocational schools, and trade schools, as well as more than 17,000 local school districts.

Title IX, as the law is more commonly known, is widely known for its progress toward gender equity for women and girls who participate in sport. However, the law also protects students from gender-based discrimination in other areas, including:

  • Financial aid
  • Recruitment
  • Admissions
  • Sexual harassment, assault and violence
  • Treatment of pregnant students or parents
  • Treatment of LGBTQI+ students
  • Discipline
  • Use

There have been amendments to the law since it was passed in 1972. Among the most recent changes, a federal judge struck down Trump-era provisions of Title IX that required accusers or defendants in court grievances. sexual assault be cross-examined to make their case. .

The Biden administration has announced that it will propose further Title IX amendments by April 2022.

ABC-owned television stations and ABC’s Localish feature 50 inspiring stories from around the country for Fifty/50, part of The Walt Disney Company’s monumental work initiative marking the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibited gender discrimination in any educational institution receiving federal funding and gave women equal opportunity to play.

The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of ESPN, Localish and this station.

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