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38th Anniversary of Title IX Brings New Enforcement Bills in Congress
Ms. Magazine: Title IX, a law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all levels of education marked its 38th anniversary today. Most know it as a law that was used to increase women's participation in athletics, however, advocates hope to use Title IX to also increase gender equity in STEM education.
"Today marks the 38th anniversary of Title IX, a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in all levels of education. The legislation, which was originally passed in 1972, reads: "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." While most widely known for increasing women's participation in high school and college athletics, womenï¿½s rights advocates now hope to use Title IX to increase gender equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, among other areas.
Currently, there are two bills in Congress that would enable stronger enforcement of Title IX in athletics. The High School Athletics Accountability Act (H.R. 2882) and its Senate counterpart the High School Sports Information Collection Act (S. 471), would require the information and statistics on gender equity in school athletic programs be made available to the public."