What is Title IX?
Title IX (pronounced as Title Nine) is a provision of the Education Amendments of 1972 to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It is a Federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (gender) in any educational program or activity that receives Federal funding. Best known for its impact on secondary and post-secondary athletics, the law also impacts nine other areas such as:
- Access to Higher Education
- Career Education
- Education/Employment for Pregnant and Parenting Individuals
- Learning Environment
- Math and Science
- Sexual Harassment
- Standardized Testing
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 reads: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, denied benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial. Assistance”.
Why is Title IX Important?
- Because confronting emotionally laden and incendiary event associated with discrimination, harassment and sexual violence requires an even-handed and fair approach.
- Because barriers still exist in occupational and vocational educational programs.
- Because high-skill, high wage jobs and training programs are still dominated by men while low-skill, low-wage jobs and training programs are still dominated by women and minorities.
- No institution is immune to these issues that affect all of us both individually and communally.