37 words that made a difference!
“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 was signed by President Richard M. Nixon on June 23, 1972.
These 37 words changed the life of women in so many ways. The most obvious and sweeping change were in sports, but it reached far beyond that. It also touches on admissions, financial aid, disciplinary processes, housing and more. The law also protects against all forms of sex-based discrimination and harassment.
These changes have moved into other areas, such as cultural changes, which has caused movement toward equal pay and equitable representation in corporate positions. Though these are big changes, there is more to be done. That is why in March 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. issued the Executive Order on Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, Including Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity. He directed the Secretary of Education, in consultation with the Attorney General, to review all existing regulations, orders, guidance documents, policies and any other similar agency actions for consistency with Title IX and other governing laws. The goal of the Executive Order was to ensure “that all students [are] guaranteed an educational environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, including discrimination in the form of sexual harassment, which encompasses sexual violence, and including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity."