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Fifty50 | Explanation of Title IX, the landmark Civil Rights Act

On June 23, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 will be 50 years old.

The famous first 37 words of the landmark civil rights law outlaw sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive funding from the United States Department of Education. These institutions include more than 5,000 colleges, universities, trade schools and trade schools, and more than 17,000 local school districts.

Title IX, as the law is more commonly known, is widely recognized for its advances towards gender equity for women and girls who play sports. However, the law also protects students from gender discrimination in other areas, including:

  • Financial support
  • recruitment
  • admissions
  • Sexual Harassment, Assault and Violence
  • Treatment of pregnant or educating female students
  • Dealing with LGBTQI+ students
  • discipline
  • employment

Changes have been made to the law since it was passed in 1972. Recent changes included a federal judge overturning the Trump-era provisions of Title IX that required accusers or defendants in sexual assault complaints to be cross-examined in order to advance their cases.

The Biden administration has said it will propose further changes to Title IX through April 2022.

ABC Owned Television Stations and ABC’s Localish are presenting 50 inspirational stories from across the country for Fifty/50, as part of The Walt Disney Company’s monumental initiative marking the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the federal civil rights statute that prohibits acts of sexual discrimination in every educational institution that receives federal funding and gave women an equal opportunity to play.

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

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Dais Johnston

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