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Title IX: Equality of Genders in School Essay

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Can you imagine if girls weren't’t able to play as many sports as boys? Before 1972, women didn't have as many opportunities as men did. Also, women were left out of many activities and were turned away from doing great things.
Starting in 1971, Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana introduced Title IX. Senator Bayh said,
“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.” (Bayh)
It took only few months for Congress to pass Title IX. On June 23,1972, Richard Nixon signed the Title IX law, stating that, Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.
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An example is if 40% of all enrollments are females, then 40% percent of athletes participating should be females. After that, the second requirement is that financial assistance must be strictly proportional. This applies to private high schools that provide tuition waivers. Lastly, the third requirement states that uniforms, coaching quality, practice and game schedules, competent officials, facility quality, facility access, equipment quality and quantity, similar number of sports offerings, and competitive level must be equal for boys and girls. Although the budget does not need to be identical, it must meet all the needs of the girls’ sports teams. Title IX applies to all grade levels. In high schools across America, sport attendance has changed since 1971. In 1971, three million, six hundred sixty-six thousand, nine hundred seventeen boys played sports, and only two hundred, ninety-four thousand, (National Federation of State High School Association) fifth-teen girls played. The low numbers in girls was due to sex discrimination. After Title IX was passed, the number of girls that played sports in 2001 rose to two million, five hundred twelve thousand nine hundred, eighty-three girls. The number of boys that played sports in 2001 rose only two hundred ninety three thousand six hundred boys. To summarize, this chart shows the dramatic change in sport players and how sex discrimination has been
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