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50 Years of Title IX: We're Not Done Yet Research Report

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50 Years of Title IX: We're Not Done Yet Research Report
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June 23, 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX. The work of five decades of Title IX’s impact is writ large in every sector of American society. This report is grounded in the rich history of Title IX and takes a multi-dimensional look at its impact. The report examines Title IX through the lens of intersectionality, explores emerging issues, and looks ahead to what is needed to accelerate the pace of change for the next 50 years.

June 23, 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX. This federal civil rights law has been credited with profoundly changing education in the United States by barring sex discrimination in the nation’s schools. Title IX, along with other equity laws, helped to unlock access to educational and athletic opportunities, paving the way for inroads into historically male‐dominated professions. The work of five decades of Title IX’s impact is writ large in every sector of American society.

This report is grounded in the rich history of Title IX and takes a multi-dimensional look at its impact. The report is based on a rigorous literature review and original research using publicly available data sets. The focus is primarily on the enforcement of Title IX in athletics and the three major areas that should be reviewed in ongoing and regular Title IX audits: athletic participation opportunities, allocation of athletic scholarship funding, and allocation of resources in operational areas. The report examines Title IX through the lens of intersectionality, explores emerging issues, and looks ahead to what is needed to accelerate the pace of change for the next 50 years.

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