Women, Equality, and Education: Title IX Turns 40

Title IX is most commonly known for its role in advancing gender equality for women in sports, but the extent of the law is far reaching. This package offers a thorough look into Title IX's past and present impact, and offers suggestions for the future. Check back through June 23rd for updates.

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  1. Forty years ago, on June 23, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon signed Title IX into law. Read Education Week's complete anniversary coverage on our collection page: Title IX: How Far Have We Come. The package includes discussions on how Title IX has affected the lives of pregnant and parenting teens, female students and academics, and women in sports.We'll be discussing the package on Twitter from now until our live chat on June 27th. Follow @EducationWeek and @EdweekComm, and use the hashtag #EWTitleIX to join the conversation. 
  2. 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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.  --Title IX of Educational Amendments Act of 1972
  3. Click through Education Week's interactive timeline to compare the number of female and male participants in high school sports, and read about some of the milestones that have shaped the law over the last four decades. Scroll to the bottom of this Storify to see more of Education Week's past coverage of Title IX. 
  4. Title IX Turns 40: What's Left to Do? Join Education Week's Erik Robelen, Nirvi Shah, and Bryan Toporek on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., ET, for a live chat on Title IX. 
  5. Title IX is most commonly known for its role in advancing gender equality in school athletics, however, Bryan Toporek reports that, despite the gains made over the last few years, more work remains to be done.
  6. Fatima Goss Graves, the vice president for education and employment at the Washington-based National Women's Law Center, writes in an Education Week Commentary that while gains in equality for women because of Title IX should be celebrated, gender bias continues. 
  7. Women make up half of today's college graduates, but experts find that substantial gender divides still exist in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professions, Eric Robelen reports. 
  8. Nirvi Shah reports that schools are still struggling to provide effective resources for pregnant and parenting teens to ensure that they can graduate on time with their peers. She also examines the shortfalls in data collection and schools' ability to help victims of sexual violence. 
  9. For more research on Title IX, pregnancy, and teen parenting. Read the National Women's Law Center's latest report: A Pregnancy Test for Schools: The Impact of Education Laws on Pregnant and Parenting Students.
  10. Education Week has been covering Title IX since the newspaper was first published in 1981. Check out some of our archived pieces.