Nevada’s largest public school district has resolved a civil rights complaint that it was discriminating against girls by failing to provide equal opportunities in athletics.
“What we keep hearing in this country is a lot of ‘family values.’ What could be a truer family value than to make sure the people who want to work, who have children have gainful employment?”
In both the academic and the private sector, pregnancy discrimination is a drag on individual and familial success.
No young woman should accept that sexual assault is just another part of college that she must avoid like the “freshman 15″ or early morning classes.
A lawsuit filed last week by the National Women’s Law Center suggests high school administrators have a long way to go in protecting students from sexual assaults.
Title IX is an enormously important law for female athletes – no other law has done more to expand opportunities for women and girls in athletics. But what many people don’t know is that the benefits and protections of Title IX aren’t limited to athletics.
Title IX prohibits schools from penalizing students for medically-necessary absences, including pregnancies. This morning we filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, urging it to investigate whether the Borough of Manhattan Community College has violated Title IX.
Arguments against Title IX are based on two premises that are, in turn, grounded in cultural tradition: 1) Men and boys are the rightful “owners” of sports, and 2) Males are superior to females in athletic ability.
Although most people know that Title IX requires schools to provide girls and boys with equal athletic opportunities, it goes much further and is intended to ensure that our schools are free of gender-based discrimination and harassment across all educational and extra-curricular programs. It’s time to put more effort into making this a reality.
Social anxieties around female athleticism are rooted in the same fear of female mastery and autonomy that drives anxieties around reproductive rights. By taking on sexism towards athletes, we can help undermine hostility to reproductive rights.