"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..." - United States Code Section 20
In the past we at the Women's Resource Center have tried to bring attention and awareness to the power of Title IX and how it came into action. We try and remind women of the intensity and importance of this law and how it has brought many of us into the positions that we are today.
Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was originally written in order to end discrimination based on race, color, or national origin, the act tremendously helped to energize the women’s rights movement which had somewhat slowed after women’s suffrage in 1920. On the same token, while Title IX is best known for its impact on high school and collegiate athletics , the original statute made no explicit mention of sports.
After signing the Civil Rights Act a few years earlier, in 1967, President Johnson issued a series of executive orders in order to make some clarifications. Before these clarifications were made, the National Organization for Women(NOW) persuaded President Johnson to include women in his executive orders. Most notable is Executive Order 11246, which required all entities receiving federal contracts to end discrimination in hiring.
"Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972." The U.S. Department of Labor Home Page. Web. 25 Oct. 2011. <http://www.dol.gov/oasam/regs/statutes/titleix.htm>.