Tuesday is the 48th anniversary of Title IX, which opened the door for female athletes
Today, we celebrate the 48th anniversary of the historic implementation of Title IX.
While testifying on Capitol Hill on behalf of #TitleIX, I wasn’t alone. I brought the dreams of each girl & woman who wanted a chance to succeed in sport. On the law’s 48th anniversary I’m remembering Sen. Birch Bayh, who wrote it & all who work for equality. The fight continues.
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) June 23, 2020
Title IX is a federal civil rights law in the United States that was passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. It states:
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.
Title IX was implemented as an addition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which sought to end discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It applies to all educational institutions, both public and private, that receive federal funds.
In honor of the 48th anniversary of Title IX, here's a reminder that Team USA has DOMINATED women's olympic basketball at the last 6 Olympics 😤🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/alF1yTq75d
— The Association on FOX (@TheAssociation) June 23, 2020
The law is best known for its impact on high school and collegiate athletics, considering sports programs are a large part of schools and universities. Since it was enacted, female athletic programs have hugely benefited, and sports have seen an influx of female participation.
Happy 48th Anniversary to Title IX! Title IX is the legislation that was passed to ensure equal access to educational opportunities in federally funded educational institutions- which includes sport! pic.twitter.com/iuzBsmC7Pc
— Angela Ruggiero (@AngelaRuggiero) June 23, 2020
According to The National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education, in 1971–72, just 7% of girls (294,051) played high school sports. But by 2013-14, 42% of girls (3.2 million) participated. And in college sports in 1971-72, fewer than 30,000 women participated. By 2010-11, that number exceeded 190,000.
In 1972, women received only 2% of schools’ athletic budgets, and athletic scholarships for women did not exist. In 2009-11, women received 48% of the total athletic scholarship dollars at Division 1 schools.
Today marks the 48th anniversary of Title IX 🙌
Who is the best women's college basketball player of all time? pic.twitter.com/UDQmEhSdva
— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) June 23, 2020
In addition to equal playing opportunities and athletic scholarships proportional to their participation, both male and female programs are required to have the same quality of equipment, coaching, tutoring, locker rooms, practice and competitive facilities, medical and training facilities and services, scheduling of games and practice times, housing and dining facilities, publicity and promotions, recruitment opportunities, and support services.
#TitleIX ushered in a new era of opportunity for girls & women. As we commemorate the 48th anniversary, we encourage all who coach and play girls' & women’s sports to remain diligent in ensuring the protections & benefits of this landmark federal civil rights law are never lost. pic.twitter.com/U3wEfCGeD4
— WBCA (@WBCA1981) June 23, 2020
So today, FOX Sports and others celebrate how far we’ve come, and the success we’ve seen in women’s athletics, both at the collegiate and professional level.
— WNBA (@WNBA) June 23, 2020
— Texas Longhorns (@TexasLonghorns) June 23, 2020
— Indiana Hoosiers (@IUHoosiers) June 23, 2020
A history of dominance. A tradition of excellence. A future of greatness.
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) June 23, 2020
— Syracuse Athletics (@Cuse) June 23, 2020
— Oklahoma Sooners (@OU_Athletics) June 23, 2020
Today marks the 4⃣8⃣th anniversary of #TitleIX ✊
We celebrate the progress of women in sport as trailblazers, and we acknowledge that we still have work left to do.
— Dallas Wings (@DallasWings) June 23, 2020
Now that’s some serious girl power!