The Women 's Movement For Equality

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Throughout the course of history, women and young girls have been viewed as the weaker sex. Females did not, and at times still do not, receive the same level of respect or opportunities as men. Leading up to the 1960’s, women’s primary physical activities were cheerleading and dancing, while the men’s were more geared towards football and basketball. The women’s movement for equality was in the late 1960’s, during which women finally began to have their voices heard by others. As a result of the powerful women’s movement, the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was enacted by President Richard Nixon. This federal law states that, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be …show more content…

It is stated that if the program is federally funded, then it is to abide by Title IX, thus allowing women to have the same opportunity as men to participate in the same activities and have the same educational opportunities. According to the NCAA, “There are three basic parts of the Title IX as it applies to athletics: participation and scholarships. Also, other benefits such as equipment and supplies, scheduling of games and practice times, travel and daily allowance/per diem, access to tutoring, coaching, locker rooms, practice and competitive facilities, medical and training facilities and services, housing and dining facilities and services, publicity and promotions, support services and recruitment of student-athletes.” . The purpose of Title IX is not to require identical programs for both women’s and men’s athletics, but to ensure that one team is not compared to, or favored more than another; this pertains to specifically men over women or even women over men. In 1973 Dr. Christine Grant became The University of Iowa’s first women’s athletic director (AD) and served in this very position until her retirement in 2000. Prior to accepting this job, Grant was enrolled in the physical education graduate program at University of Iowa from 1969-1970. Since the beginning of her time at Iowa, she noticed there were only club sports for women and that they were paying out of

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