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National Women's Law Center June 2010 www.nwlc.org/itsyoureducation Just about forty years ago, things were very different for female students. It was common for
 

Summary: National Women's Law Center June 2010 www.nwlc.org/itsyoureducation
Just about forty years ago, things were very different for female students. It was common for
schools to discourage young women from studying math or science, and to encourage them to fo-
cus on domestic skills, like cooking, sewing and child rearing. There were few opportunities for girls
to play sports or participate in competitive school activities. And if a high school student became
pregnant, there was a strong likelihood that she would be kicked out of school.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 worked to change all of that. Title IX is a federal civil
rights law that requires all schools that receive federal funding to provide equal opportunities to
male and female students. This includes elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and all
levels of higher education, and prohibits sex discrimination against staff members as well as stu-
dents.
How to Use this Guide
Women and girls have come far and made great strides at all levels of
education, but sex discrimination in education still persists. By learning
about Title IX, you can help to protect your rights and those of your fellow
students, to make sure you all get the education you deserve.
This guide will help you to understand the requirements of Title IX, and
will provide you with ideas about what to do if you are not getting equal
opportunities in school. No matter what the situation, you should talk to
your parents or guardians for advice. Also, remember that your school

  

Source: Azevedo, Ricardo - Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology