Thursday, 30 July 2009

A Field Without Women

Today, we commemorate the 37th anniversary of one of our country's most important civil rights laws. The enactment of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 banned gender discrimination from all education programs and extracurricular activities in federally funded schools. It was one very simple -- yet profoundly effective -- sentence that gave American women a new opportunity to aspire and succeed. The great legacy of Title IX is most often talked about in the context of sports. Before the law passed in 1972, girls made up only 7 percent of high school sports participants. Now, more than 40 percent of high school athletes are female. But its impact reached far beyond sports, from the academic to the arts and sciences, and even to the boardrooms of the Nation's top enterprises.

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