Jan 18, 2022
Title IX at 50
2022 marks the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, a groundbreaking federal law that has significantly expanded educational opportunities for women and girls in education and in every facet of society.
Title IX has its genesis during the summer of 1970, when Congress focused on sex bias in education at a set of hearings on discrimination against women before a House Education Subcommittee chaired by Rep. Edith Green (Ore.). A year later, noting the link between educational discrimination and employment opportunities, Sen. Birch Bayh (Ind.) introduced an education amendment to combat “the continuation of corrosive and unjustified discrimination against women in the American educational system.”
Today, Title IX applies to virtually all school districts, colleges and universities as recipients of federal grants, contracts or loans. Recipients include approximately 17,600 local school districts, over 5,000 post-secondary institutions, charter schools, for-profit schools, libraries, museums, vocational rehabilitation agencies and education agencies of 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories.